I read recently that energy and politics have always endured a love/hate relationship. I can’t say I disagree.

During the previous administration, it was more the latter. The Obama era and its endless array of regulations were anything but pro-business, repeatedly hindering an industry that was making strides to better its environmental footprint and strengthen the nation’s continuously feeble domestic economy on its own, without cumbersome interference.

Nobody believes we should live in a world without regulations. They’re needed, even wanted, and they help make certain America’s energy producers are doing their job at the highest environmentally friendly way possible. But under the Obama administration, overregulation became an epidemic.

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