“Why not?” asks Clean Air Watch, after Bush just did something equally inane: appointing an avowed anti-regulatory “ghoul” as the White House’s new regulatory czarina.

Clean Air Watch:

BUSH NAMES REGULATORY CZARINA: As we predicted several weeks ago, President Bush has named anti-regulatory ghoul Susan Dudley as the new regulatory czarina at the White House Office of Management and Budget. http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/07/20060731-7.html

Dudley has been director of regulatory studies at the Mercatus Center, an alleged “think tank” underwritten by big polluters including Koch Industries. (If you recall the story last week by AP’s Seth Borenstein, you will note that Koch is simultaneously scheming to fight efforts to limit global warming emissions.) She has opposed tougher standards for smog and cleaner gasoline, among many other things.

Putting Dudley in this job is like naming Mel Gibson as a special Mideast Peace Envoy.


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