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Cass R. Sunstein

Sorry, Republicans: Ending Obama's Climate Rules Is Harder Than It Looks

Cruz and Trump promise to undo regulations they don't like. Not so fast.
I repeal regulations all the time. Nothing to it.

I repeal regulations all the time. Nothing to it.

Photographer: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Predicting the experience of his successor General Dwight Eisenhower, President Harry Truman said this: “He’ll sit here, and he’ll say, ‘Do this! Do that!’ And nothing will happen. Poor Ike -- it won’t be a bit like the Army. He’ll find it very frustrating.”

Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have promised to get rid of a whole host of executive actions from the Barack Obama administration. (If the Republican convention produces a different nominee, expect similar promises.) But there’s good reason to doubt how much would happen if one of them wins. The principal reason is simple: the law.