The three programs for which deadlines were delayed constitute the majority of the regulations included in the Clean Air Act, meaning that several decades were required for it to be fully implemented following its passage by Congress in the early 1990s. These problems don't just apply to environmental regulation. With Obamacare deadlines being pushed back — most recently the mandate requiring employers to provide health insurance — it might be years, even decades, before the consequences of the law become evident.
The implications of EPA's routine failure to comply with Clean Air Act deadlines go far beyond the competency of the agency to the inherent flaws of Big Government. Aggressively grasping measures like the Clean Air Act or Obamacare invite bureaucratic game-playing and special interest manipulation like that seen in the sue-and-settle process. The lesson is clear: Big Government doesn't work.
— The Washington Examiner