Believe It or Not, Some Logic Exists in Washington

April 9, 2014 07:27 AM
 

via a special arrangement with Informa Economics, Inc.

But status quo dysfunction still prevails on Capitol Hill


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Every once in a while, admittedly not very often, something sane comes out of Washington. Consider this:

Not big data, but... Witnesses during a Tuesday hearing over a House Republican bill (HR 4317) raised concerns that would require the use of state, local and tribal data in making scientific listing determinations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) said the bill was intended to allow local expertise to play a larger role in ESA decisions.

Hire this guy. Steven Courtney, a scientist with the environmental consulting firm Western Ecosystems Technology, questioned language in the measure that would define "best available science." US Fish and Wildlife attorney Michael Bean agreed. "Best available data should rest on the data itself —not who provided it," he testified.

A lawmaker with common sense – go figure. "I'm going to use that on every one of these regulations. ... The people who are elected need to be participating in the process [of regulating]," said Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), pledging to use the Congressional Review Act on any major EPA regulation until the agency "gets honest about the cost accounting" it uses in its rules.

If that were ever the case, we just may get back on the right track in this country.

Now, let's have a little fun. In my latest speeches in this great country, I start out with two "slides" in order to inject some perspective among the usually somber Washingtonians, and then a little humor to go along with appears to be a drumbeat of regulatory action by the Obama administration. Here they are:

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