The Bottom Line:
This is from the OAN Newsroom on Thursday, November 26, 2020
“For the first time in over 40 years, we’re issuing a proposed new rule under the National Environmental Policy Act to completely overhaul the dysfunctional bureaucratic system that has created these massive obstructions,” stated President Trump.
11/26/20 | THE HILL
The Trump administration is quickly putting out new rules and regulations with a little more than 50 days to go before it leaves office as it seeks to put a deeper stamp on the government.
In just the last two weeks, the administration has finalized a rule allowing the Forest Service to use exemptions to avoid certain requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, which critics say will quicken approvals for logging, roads and pipelines on Forest Service land.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue argued that streamlining could help with quick assistance for wildfires and other repairs, but environmentalists said it would make decision-making less informed.
The administration also has proposed rules that would weaken offshore drilling safety regulations and prevent banks from excluding fossil fuels from financing.
The moves are seen as a boost to industries that can benefit from less regulation and streamlined processes like the oil and gas sector but have been criticized by environmentalists, who hope the Biden administration will reverse them. (Read more on environmental rules)