There is an unspoken rule in American politics: when you have bad news to deliver, do it on a Friday afternoon. This helps to ensure that fewer people will see it, fewer will have time to analyze it, and the media will forget all about it over the weekend. If you really want the issue to die, release it on a Friday before a holiday weekend, and that’s exactly what the Obama administration did last week when they released their bi-annual Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.
The Unified Agenda reads like a laundry list of proposed safety regulations from nearly all the major regulatory agencies. Digging into the Department of the Interior section of that list, you will find countless stalled regulations pertaining to the dirty energy industry, some of which have been in limbo since the days of the former Bush administration.
Ben Geman at National Journal explains: