Did the new regulation on CAFÉ standards delay publication of the Federal Register today?

posted at 8:00 pm on December 1, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Ordinarily, the Federal Register — the daily record of rules, proposed rules and notices of the federal government — publishes at 8 a.m. But, as late as 2:45 p.m. ET today, the Register’s website displayed a little red bar across the top of the homepage that read, “Today’s issue is currently unavailable; we apologize for any inconvenience.”Why the delay? It could be holiday fever. It could be just plain ol’ bureaucratic ineptitude. Or it could be that today’s issue of the Federal Register took longer to prepare because it was to include (and ultimately did include) one of the most massive regulations yet proposed under the Obama administration.At the American Action Network, red tape expert Sam Batkins tracks the industry compliance costs and intergovernmental costs (i.e. the cost states must bear thanks to unfunded mandates) of new federal regulation. Year-to-date, the Federal Register has published 72,820 pages, and the estimated cost of the regulations contained in those pages has mounted to more than $93 billion, according to Batkins’ database. That is, by the time all these regulations have been implemented, they will have cost industry and state governments nearly $100 billion.

But, today, the Federal Register published a new regulation on CAFÉ standards that the administration itself has admitted could cost as much as $141 billion in compliance by 2025. Didja get that? This one rule could cost more than all the rest of this year’s rules combined. According to Batkins, the cost of this reg is “exponentially greater” than any that preceded it in 2011 — and more than 10 times as large as the next most expensive rule, an as-yet-unpublished-in-the-Register proposal to cut mercury and other air toxics from power plants, which would cost about $10 billion in compliance.

Another way to measure the enormity of this rule is by the number of pages it occupies in the Register. The record is printed in three columns in about 10-point type — and yet the rule still fills 551 pages.
The magnitude of this regulation — and its many likely negative consequences, including the loss of untold manufacturing jobs and even the loss of lives — underscores the dire need for Congressional oversight of at least the most expensive regulations. For that, I’ll continually recommend Geoff Davis’ REINS Act. Nothing lost by requiring that regulations be approved by elected officials who are accountable to the voting public rather than just by unelected bureaucrats who feel free to trample on the American people because the people have no power over them.

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Who can even understand all these regulations in order to obey them??

PattyJ on December 1, 2011 at 8:19 PM

I can sooooo see the need for CAFE standards for a fricking tractor.
I’m seriously so sick of this BS.
These ba$tard$ have made so many lives so difficult.
I really hate these people.

Badger40 on December 1, 2011 at 8:22 PM

In every industry, in every trade, in every corner of America and it’s 57 states he is……and will be until the moment he leaves office…..

……the DOTUS.

PappyD61 on December 1, 2011 at 8:22 PM

With the 55 mpg CAFE standards that Obama implemented, it will be a great time to be in the car parts and repair business. In time, our streets will look like Cuba’s, swamped with old cars that were built before the new standards take effect. It is crazy.

mydh12 on December 1, 2011 at 8:22 PM

It’s going to make the price of new cars soar & the price of used cars soar.
Thanks a lot you fricking ba$tards.

Badger40 on December 1, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Best administration evah! Just have to tax those millionaires some more.

GarandFan on December 1, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Won’t a lot of the lost jobs be union jobs?

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on December 1, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Won’t a lot of the lost jobs be union jobs?

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on December 1, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Yes, but there are unions, and there are [public sector] unions: the former exists to suck the lifeblood from individual companies; while the latter exists to suck the lifeblood from taxpayers.

Guess which one SCOAMF loves most?

Wanderlust on December 1, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Gosh, if we just had enough regulations, everything will be perfect.

ZenDraken on December 1, 2011 at 9:53 PM

I think it is time for a real Tea Party. By that I mean it is time for people and businesses to start ignoring the rules, tell the federal bureaucrats to pound sand when they try to enforce those regulations and for states to stand between the businesses and the federal government.

This crap has to stop. Andy Stern may have the right analysis of current economic conditions but is blaming the wrong cause. It wasn’t free markets that caused our problems, it’s this massive regulatory mess that we have. Of course Stern would get it wrong, he’s a communist.

AZfederalist on December 1, 2011 at 10:19 PM

this is how the left wins…every time. These things get put in with little notice and little understanding of any consequence. The press dutifully ignores it in order to focus on Charlie Sheen or, even juicier, Herman Cain. Breads and circuses.

Even at HA, this has few comments.

r keller on December 1, 2011 at 10:25 PM

CAFE… don’t get me started.

Even the stinking EU doesn’t have such onerous regulations; CAFE is the #1 or #2 reason US cars (mid-size and up, in general) suck like a fusion-powered Electrolux in comparison to European makes.

[The other #1 or #2 reason is, I think, low consumer expectations.]

I’m continuously POed that some bureaucrat somewhere is making decisions about what otherwise legal products I may or may not be permitted to buy.

Russ on December 1, 2011 at 10:31 PM

I’m continuously POed that some bureaucrat somewhere is making decisions about what otherwise legal products I may or may not be permitted to buy.

Russ on December 1, 2011 at 10:31 PM

Or MUST buy, in the case of health insurance.

Its time for us to clean house. You know what to do.
The chair is against the wall.
Mike has a new fiddle.

orbitalair on December 2, 2011 at 9:14 AM

“A fine is a tax for doing wrong.
A tax is a fine for doing well.”
— Anon.

A regulation is often a detailed attempt to reconcile the worst aspects of each.

Trochilus on December 2, 2011 at 9:16 AM

As an air conditioning contractor (for 34 years) here in California, I have watched State & Federal laws double the price of a typical installation since 2005. Extend this out to the rest of the economy and you can see where a lot of the problem lies.

I’m very happy to be closer to the end of my career as opposed to the beginning. I just feel sorry for all of the young people starting out. They have no clue what they are going to have to deal with.

skeneogden on December 2, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Funny, I recall a few months back, the regime tried to float the idea that they weren’t doing that many regulations and that they love business.

joeindc44 on December 4, 2011 at 10:22 PM