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The New Republic quotes Professor Sidney Shapiro on rising White House concerns

When President Obama took office, most environmental activists assumed that their cause would still meet resistance in Washington DC — they just assumed it would be located in Congress. But according to activists, a chief opponent of environmental causes has turned out to be within the White House itself: The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).

A division of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), OIRA has always had the power to review the economic impact of virtually any new federal regulation. Under the Obama administration, however, it has repeatedly used its mandate to stall major regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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