The Obama administration issued more than $40 billion worth of “midnight” regulations, according to a new study.
The most expensive midnight rules were the Energy Department’s efficiency standards for central air conditioners ($12.3 billion) and ceiling fans ($4.4 billion). Others include the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard ($1.5 billion), as well as the Interior Department’s natural gas standards on public lands ($2.4 billion) and stream protection rule ($1.2 billion).
Each of these rules is ripe for repeal.
Trump and Republican lawmakers could turn to the Congressional Review Act to overturn as many as 20 regulations they disapprove of that were issued by the Obama administration, according to Batkins.