Trump is faster than Reagan in regulation repeal. President Trump is keeping his promise to cut regulations and is on a course to top former President Reagan’s record of slashing the mountain of red tape created by Jimmy Carter, according to two independent reports. The Competitive Enterprise Institute said that Trump has issued 58 percent fewer major and costly regulations than former President Obama and slashed the Federal Register, the government’s rule book, by 32 percent. And American Action Forum said that the Trump administration has saved $560 million by cutting regulations and meeting its promise to eliminate two old rules for every new one. “As the Trump Administration transitions into the new fiscal year and next phase of Executive Order 13,771, it can reasonably claim net regulatory savings of roughly $560 million under the EO’s first phase. There have been some new regulatory costs, but activity on that front remains at a historically low level,” said American Action’s Dan Goldbeck. CEI Vice President Clyde Wayne Crews added, “It took a few years for Ronald Reagan to achieve his ultimate, one-third reduction in Federal Register pages following Jimmy Carter’s then-record Federal Register. So, by this metric, Trump is moving much faster.” Both reports looked at the regulation tally at the end of the fiscal year.
LNG boat still afloat? A global glut of liquefied natural gas that was expected to delay large LNG projects might have been overstated, according to Royal Dutch Shell, and prospects for an LNG industry in B.C. might not be over, after all, according to the CEO of LNG Canada. But before companies like Shell – one of the key partners in the LNG Canada consortium – pull the trigger on a $40 billion commitment, it needs Victoria to rethink the way the industry would be taxed – something Michelle Mungall, the BC NDP’s new minister of energy, mines and petroleum resources, seems open to considering. “We do need to address, on a broader scale, what’s going on in terms of the global marketplace and [the question]: is B.C. competitive in this global marketplace as it stands right now?” Mungall said.
Infighting in the energy family? The main U.S. oil and gas lobbying group joined forces with 10 other energy industry groups on Monday to oppose a call by the U.S. energy secretary for federal regulators to offer incentives for struggling nuclear and coal power plants. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Friday called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to issue a rule within 60 days to give many coal and nuclear plants incentives for providing reliable electricity to the nation’s grid. The Trump administration has pushed a policy of “energy dominance” for energy companies to produce as much fossil fuel as possible to supply domestic markets and allies abroad. But the opposition to Perry’s call by the 11 groups that include lobbyists for natural gas, solar and wind power and power consumers is an indication the Trump policy could put industries in direct competition with one another. The American Petroleum Institute, the Natural Gas Supply Association, the American Wind Energy Association and eight other industry groups filed a motion at the FERC opposing Perry’s request.
Court gives feds power over state property. A federal appeals court says the National Park Service can ban hovercraft – boats propelled by noisy blowers – within national preserves in Alaska. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a decision Monday, says the Park Service has regulatory authority over a river in a preserve in Alaska, even if the state claims ownership of the riverbed. The ruling came in the case of John Sturgeon of Anchorage, a moose hunter who operated his hovercraft on the Nation River within the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. Rangers ordered him to stop operating the boat in 2007, and he sued in 2011. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2016 rejected the reasoning behind an Appeals Court ruling backing the hovercraft ban and sent the case back for reconsideration.
Is there more to the story of EPA’s missed deadline? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) missed a legal deadline to start implementing its regulation limiting ozone pollution. Under the Clean Air Act, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt should have published Monday his initial determinations on which areas of the country exceed the new, stricter standard on ozone, a component of smog that is linked to respiratory illnesses. But the EPA did not release any information on the initial findings on Monday. An agency spokeswoman said Tuesday that she did not have any more information on the matter. In his last job as Oklahoma’s attorney general, Pruitt sued to stop the 2015 regulation written under former President Barack Obama Pruitt tried earlier this year to delay the initial compliance findings for a year. But when environmentalists and Democratic states sued, the agency walked back and said it would meet the Oct. 1 deadline — which was Sunday, but pushed to Monday for the weekend.
Is B.C.’s LNG boat still afloat?
Business in Vancouver, Nelson Bennett, October 3, 2017
Gas, renewable groups oppose U.S. DOE’s call to support nuclear, coal
Reuters, Timothy Gardner, October 2, 2017
Court backs hovercraft ban in Alaska’s national preserves
KTUU, Dan Joling, October 2, 2017
EPA misses smog rule deadline
The Hill, Timothy Cama, October 2, 2017
Trump ahead of Reagan’s record in cutting regulations
Washington Examiner, Paul Bedard, October 3, 2017