Some for sure. Final rules are very hard to undo short of congressional action or successful legal action-

Will Bush’s midnight rules be reversible? By Joaquin Sapien. Politico.

Undoing them is of the utmost importance.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

8 Responses to Will Bush’s midnight rules be reversible?

  1. avatar Jon Way says:

    Hopefully there is poetic justice and Bush and Co. pay for their sins at some point. Maybe I am a dreamer…

  2. avatar Salle says:

    This stuff turns my stomach worse than a nasty hangover. Between the two, I’d choose the hangover. At least that would likely go away quickly without overwhelmingly long-term and probably irreversible harm.

    Some old Russian proverbs: Unrestrained merriment occurs before chagrin; Never spit into the well, you may have to drink from it one day.

  3. avatar john weis says:

    This should have been done years ago….talk about a wooley mammoth..

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/21/us/politics/21dingell.html?hp

  4. Thanks John,

    I just put up the article. I guess we both saw that this was important news.

  5. avatar Salle says:

    A couple of quick references to help everyone keep up to date:

    This guide helps to clarify the system and the staus of these ugly-little-nightmare-demons-from-hell:

    http://www.propublica.org/feature/how-to-ferret-out-midnight-regs-yourself-1118/

    and

    http://www.propublica.org/special/midnight-regulations/#legend

    A cool interactive table to see each item and its status to date, you can click on the + sign on the left of each item and see the details.

  6. avatar JB says:

    More bad news: one of the rules they’re considering would explicitly exclude climate change as a risk factor for endangered species:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/20/AR2008112003465.html?referrer=emailarticle

  7. avatar Salle says:

    And lest we forget the “burrowing” issue of appointees getting SES positions on Bush’s way out the door…

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/21/AR2008112103359_2.html?wpisrc=newsletter

    I hope something can be done about this come Jan. or Feb.

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

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