Even President Donald Trump’s hindsight appears to be 20/20.
According to The Washington Post, Trump is now reconsidering Obama-era regulations he rescinded weeks prior to Hurricane Harvey that would require federal building projects to take rising sea levels into account before executing said projects and potentially moving them to safer ground.
On August 15, Trump cancelled former President Barack Obama’s Federal Flood Risk Management Standard as part of his broader agenda to rollback what he considers excessive regulations put in place by the last president. To his administration (and the businesses that praised the elimination of the flood standard), these regulations impeded business.
“This overregulated permitting process is a massive, self-inflicted wound on our country — it’s disgraceful — denying our people much-needed investments in their community,” Trump said in a Trump Tower speech announcing the rollback.
Though the flood standard had not yet gone into effect prior to Trump rescinding it, the president’s homeland security adviser Tom Bossert told the Post that the administration is considering pushing through a similar policy in upcoming infrastructural decisions.
“It might expedite our efforts to reach coordinated consensus here as we institute policy,” Bossert said. “We don’t just want to build back faster; we want to build back better, faster and stronger.”