By now the narrative is set, and each new rule follows the same tired outline. The Trump administration releases an environmental rule that realigns the bureaucracy back with the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, or other bedrock environmental laws, and the environmental press reports that the president is gutting environmental laws. Rules that correct the regulatory overreach of the Obama administration, or follow the law as passed by Congress, are reported as damaging the environment. Even rule adjustments that deal with process changes but still deliver the underlying environmental benefit are treated as catastrophic.
It’s an easy narrative to fall into. After all, regulatory issues are complex, and understanding the law and reading regulations seems boring. It’s much easier to take the talking points from environmental groups.