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The Club on the Head of American Workers

By the time you read this, the Sierra Club will have twice been reminded of former President Barack Obama’s boast that “elections have consequences.” The Senate will have confirmed Scott Pruitt’s nomination as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator following the committee’s endorsement. To the climate lobby that owned the EPA for the last eight years, Caligula is about to capture the convent. The many more who have been punished by the EPA’s regulations welcomed Pruitt as their savior.

Also, President Donald Trump signed the resolution of disapproval Congress passed last month, avoiding the so-called Stream Protection Rule. An oxymoron right up there with airline cuisine and military music, the stream rule will soon be extinguished, under the arcane Congressional Review Act. The Sierra Club loved this rule; the National Mining Association (NMA) hated it. It was the first rule overturned by the Trump presidency.

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