By Jane Van Ryan
Constrained by burdensome federal regulations, U.S. energy companies and manufacturers are at a serious disadvantage compared to their competitors in the international export market. This disparity is costing America several hundred thousand jobs and billions of dollars in lost revenue.
Despite a lot of talk about eliminating red tape, little has been accomplished. Early last year, President Obama ordered an ambitious governmentwide review of existing federal regulations, emphasizing that we must “measure, and seek to improve, the actual results of regulatory requirements.” He directed agencies and departments to produce preliminary plans to streamline those requirements. But the redundancy, inconsistencies and obstacles to a level playing field with global competitors remain.
Van Ryan, of Rockingham County, is a retired communications professional and energy writer.