So does anyone think this isn’t just a re-election ploy?
President Barack Obama on Friday scrapped his administration’s controversial plans to tighten smog rules, bowing to the demands of congressional Republicans and some business leaders.
Obama overruled the Environmental Protection Agency — and the unanimous opinion of its independent panel of scientific advisers — and directed administrator Lisa Jackson to withdraw the proposed regulation to reduce concentrations of ground-level ozone, smog’s main ingredient. The decision rests in part on reducing regulatory burdens and uncertainty for businesses at a time of rampant uncertainty about an unsteady economy.
The announcement came shortly after a new government report on private sector employment showed that businesses essentially added no new jobs last month — and that the jobless rate remained stuck at a historically high 9.1 percent. [AP]
This is the way I look at it, I really don’t mind clean air regulations because they have done great good over the decades cleaning the air around major US cities. Problem with these regulations however is that they should also be implemented as part of all the trade deals the US has signed. It is handicapping American businesses when foreign competitors can pollute with no environmental regulations and then import their goods to the US.
So the environmentalists are really not doing anything to protect the environment because the pollution from manufacturing just moves elsewhere. In actuality the environmentalists are probably causing more pollution by having the manufacturing done in a place like China that has little care for the environment instead of having it done in the US where manufacturing can be done with better care for the environment.