The Official Right to Procrastinate

In a landmark ruling last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said federal agencies are entitled to set priorities and on some matters say, "Not now."
Cutting greenhouse-gas emissions? It can wait.

There are all sorts of things people want the federal government to do -- for example, reduce poverty, make highways safer, protect against workplace risks, safeguard privacy online, regulate their least favorite companies or, for that matter, engage in deregulation. Under both Democratic and Republican administrations, federal officials often answer: "Not now."

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