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The Obama administration’s new regulatory czar is plunging straight into an array of fights over forthcoming high-profile federal rules.

Howard Shelanski has been quickly thrust into the mounting debate over efforts to curb climate change and has emerged as the face of the president’s initiative to cut away regulatory red tape.

In just his first month on the job, he has testified on behalf of the administration at multiple congressional hearings on one end of Pennsylvania Avenue, met with business and labor groups to discuss new rules at the other and has started reaching out to the public to highlight the White House’s efforts.

Shelanski, an economist and lawyer who previously worked at the Federal Trade Commission, was sworn in on July 10 as administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), a position sometimes called the regulatory czar.