Pres. Obama Pisses Off EPA and Rejects Cleaner Air Rules
Matt | On 07, Sep 2011
President Obama received a major side-eye from clean air advocates and environmentalists late last week. He rejected a proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency that would have made smog emissions more strict, leading to cleaner air and reduced risk for health concerns.
Basically, the president sided with polluters and big business and said you better get used to breathing dirty air and just live with it.
The move went directly against EPA chief Lisa Jackson’s recommendations that called for stricter standards and a move away from the Bush-era smog-filled policies. Rumors are in Washington that Jackson is pretty pissed off, as should ANYONE who loves clean air.
In a statement, the president gave his reasoning behind not moving forward in 2011 with stricter smog standards:
“Work is already underway to update a 2006 review of the science that will result in the reconsideration of the ozone standard in 2013: Ultimately, I did not support asking state and local governments to begin implementing a new standard that will soon be reconsidered,” said President Obama.
Readers, please pay attention!
It’s smaller stories like this that slowly chip away at President Obama’s base and make him more vulnerable in 2012. In this instance, he sided with large corporate polluters even though he says the standards will be reviewed in 2013. It’s a business-as-usual attitude that baffles some supporters.
Read between the lines in this story and several others you’ll see until November 2012. Waiting to do something “in 2013” means that it’s a touchy issue that the Obama Administration does not want to handle until after they have secured a second term in the White House. Facts are facts.