Bush Gives Factory Farms a Goodbye Kiss

As George Bush prepares to leave office, his staff is working overtime on his, uh, legacy. The New Yorker has some good coverage:

Among the many new regulations—or, rather, deregulations—the Administration has proposed are rules that would: make it harder for the government to limit workers’ exposure to toxins, eliminate environmental review from decisions affecting fisheries, and ease restrictions on companies that blow up mountains to get at the coal underneath them. Other midnight regulations in the works include rules to allow “factory farms” to ignore the Clean Water Act, rules making it tougher for employees to take family or medical leave, and rules that would effectively gut the Endangered Species Act.

What’s incredible about all this, is that, as the article points out, the Bush administration isn’t even attempting to claim that changes like these are in the public interest. (Thanks, Matt). Link.