Killing the air rule was bad politics. I guess his consultants hope that Obama can neutralize his opposition by moving in their direction. The only problem is that instead of looking moderate, the president looks unprincipled.
A recent White House memo giving chief information officers at federal agencies greater responsibilities to reduce wasteful technology spending presents the latest example of the how too often in government, responsibility and authority don't always go hand in hand.
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.
Between October 2009 and April 2010, coal industry representatives held at least 33 meetings with White House staff on the coal ash issue, almost three times as many meetings as environmentalists and university scientists were granted on the subject.
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.