Winning: Another Obama Legacy Bites The Dust – by Calvin Freiburger
There’s one silver lining to the eight years of regulations President Barack Obama saddled the United States with: even if Congress never gets its act together, it’ll be a good long while before President Donald Trump runs out of things he can dismantle with the stroke of a pen.
The Daily Caller reports that the Trump Administration’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has announced the reversal of Obama-era rules regulating offshore drilling. Lifting the regulations, which Obama enacted in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that dumped millions of barrels’ worth of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, is estimated to save $288 million over the course of a decade.
Back in April, the latest president ordered that the rules be reassessed, eager to explore the opportunity of creating “potentially thousands and thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in wealth” through increased oil exploration.
Today comes the result of that review. From the BSEE press release announcing the change:
“I am confident that this revision of the Production Safety Systems Rule moves us forward toward meeting the Administration’s goal of achieving energy dominance without sacrificing safety,” said Director Scott A. Angelle. “By reducing the regulatory burden on industry, we are encouraging increased domestic oil and gas production while maintaining a high bar for safety and environmental sustainability.”
The Production Safety Systems Rule addresses safety and pollution prevention equipment, subsea safety devices and safety device testing for the production of oil and gas resources on the U.S. outer continental shelf (OCS). The proposed amendments address provisions of the regulations that create an unnecessary burden on operators, while providing the same level of safety and protection of the environment. BSEE’s initial regulatory impact analysis estimates that the proposed amendments would reduce industry compliance burdens by at least $228 million over 10 years.
“It’s time for a paradigm shift in the way we regulate the OCS,” Angelle said. “There was an assumption made previously that only more rules would increase safety, but ultimately it is not an either/or proposition. We can actually increase domestic energy production and increase safety and environmental protection.”
Naturally, the news has the usual suspects in an uproar:
“By tossing aside the lessons from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Trump is putting our coasts and wildlife at risk of more deadly oil spills,” Center for Biological Diversity oceans program director Miyoko Sakashita said, according to Bloomberg. “Reversing offshore safety rules isn’t just deregulation, it’s willful ignorance.”
Yes, because if there’s one thing America doesn’t have enough of, it’s regulations…
Left-wing hysteria aside, this is more great news, both for America’s economy and for our energy independence. It’s also the latest in a long line of moves that vindicate those conservatives who pulled the lever for Donald Trump in 2016 and utterly humiliate those who argued that he’d be no better, or somehow even worse, than Hillary Clinton.
Trump has by no means been flawless. Serious challenges still remain. But from the vast number of regulations he’s slashed to much-needed judicial nominees to the opportunity to get conservative legislation actually signed (that is, if Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell send it to him) to immigration enforcement to long-overdue confrontations of the mainstream media — coupled with denying Clinton the opportunity to continue Obama’s persecution of political enemies — it is inconceivable how any authentic conservative could be anything but relieved with year one of the Trump presidency.