Unsurprisingly, the Sierra Club was found to be the biggest recipient of court fines and the beneficiary of newly instituted regulations. We’ll bet you can guess who made the most significant reductions in federal regulations since Obama.
“Regrettably, when agencies enter into consent decrees that mandate accelerated rulemaking, sound policymaking often falls by the wayside.”
“The abuse of consent decrees in regulation raises a number of practical problems that reduce the quality of policymaking actions and undermine representative government. In general, public policy should be made in public through the normal mechanisms of legislating and administrative law and subject to the give-and-take of politics. When, for reasons of convenience or advantage, public officials attempt to make policy in private sessions between government officials and (as is often the case) activist groups’ attorneys, it is the public interest that often suffers.”