Big Rail has talked a big game to the public about its desire for increased safety measures for its trains carrying oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the Bakken Shale. What happens behind closed doors, the meeting logs show, tells another story.
The Fair Labor Standards Act was passed 75 years ago to protect workers. A badly written amendment passed almost 40 years ago inadvertently exempted a pool of poor and vulnerable workers. It is way past time to right this wrong.
Climate and energy legislation is dead, coal ash regulations are delayed indefinitely, mountaintop removal mining continues, and the myth of "clean coal" is alive and well thanks to continuing praise by Obama and Biden.
The pattern is clear for anyone who is looking. The systemic regulatory failures of the past year are signs of government and specifically federal agencies not able to accomplish their missions of protecting the public.