11/15/2019

Trump Gives Businesses Deregulation Whether They Want It Or Not

Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to ease the grip of environmental rules he said were throttling businesses. But time and again, his deregulatory moves as president have drawn the ire of the very companies that were expected to benefit.

In the latest instance, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a proposal Thursday to weaken rules on methane leaks from oil wells — despite major oil companies insisting they don’t want the relief.

Similarly, automakers have begged the White House to alter course in its plans to weaken fuel efficiency standards and pick a fight with California. And power-plant operators say an administration effort to undermine requirements for mercury pollution controls may keep them from recouping the cost of equipment.

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