15 Jan '12, 4pm

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Why NOAA Shouldn't Be Moved to the Interior Department

There may be no subject that sounds more arcane, dreary and trivial than governmental reorganization. “Just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic” is one popular line of dismissal. But in reality, how the government is organized can have enormous, tangible effects. Clever leaders have long recognized that monkeying around with how the government is organized can be a way to slip through fundamental and durable changes that would be too controversial to approach head-on. To take one smallish example, House Republicans in the past tried to move the regulation of oil refineries from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Department of Energy (DOE). It just would make more sense, they argued – why have two different agencies that dealt with oil refineries, and the DOE knows more about energy anyway. Of course, their actual goal was to weaken if not eviscerate th...

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