Obama woke up and killed EPA's new
ozone rule before it could start killing
Businesses, job seekers, taxpayers and
electric ratepayers all raised a cheer. For the radical
Greens, who have grown used to having their every whim met,
not so much.
There's a full on hissy fit going on
in left field.
MoveOn said, "This is a
decision we'd expect from George W. Bush."
Natural Resources Defense
Council wrote, "Obama has come down on the side of the
polluters and those extreme forces who deny the value of
Greenpeace wrote, "Corporate polluters don't have to
worry about dismantling the Clean Air Act, it appears that
President Obama is doing it for them." They announced
Greenpeace will use its tremendous financial resources to
launch a campaign to pressure Obama to reverse course.
The Sierra Club said that they were "appalled" by
Obama's decision and with temerity declared it would
"literally cost lives." They too are spending what it takes
to put on the pressure.
That's just a sample of the
tooth gnashing going on. Obama's EPA surrender was like a
warning siren for every radical Green pressure group out there
(and there are plenty). They are organizing right now to push
their man back into line and keep him
CFACT is working just as hard and fast
to debunk the coming propaganda wave with hard facts.
compete and win. Let's start with this cogent analysis by
CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Bonner Cohen. Please forward it to
as many people as you can. Ask them to keep it moving. Let's
email, post to Facebook, tweet on Twitter and not neglect good
old word of mouth.
Hard work, solid facts and good sense can carry the
day. We are reminded again that sunlight is a powerful
Feeling the heat: Obama drops EPA ozone
Bonner R. Cohen, PH.D Senior CFACT
A MOVE THAT STUNNED FRIEND AND FOE ALIKE, President
Obama September 2 instructed his own political appointees at
the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw (for the
time being) new regulations governing ground-level ozone, or
smog. The move came amidst growing concerns over the state of
the economy and whether tightening the screws on businesses
and communities at this time wouldn’t lead to even more
The Clean Air Act requires EPA
to review what are called National Ambient Air Quality
Standards every five years. In January 2008, the Bush
administration tightened the national standard for ozone to 75
parts per billion (ppb), even though EPA’s Science Advisory
Board (SAB) had recommended an even tougher level, between 60
and 70 ppb. Environmental groups sued EPA, claiming the agency
had no scientific basis for the Bush 75 ppb standard. In
January 2010, Obama’s EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson accepted
the environmentalists’ arguments and ordered the agency to
review the matter. EPA was on the verge of reversing the Bush
standard and imposing a far more stringent level when Obama
abruptly pulled the plug.
EPA Administrator Jackson based
her decision on the recommendations of the agency’s Science
Advisory Board. But the SAB’s relied on dubious laboratory
tests to come up with its findings. Ozone affects humans one
way in nature and quite another way in the lab. Laboratory
conditions cannot replicate nature. Ozone occurs naturally
through such things as vegetation and lightning and it can
even be transported to ground level from the stratosphere.
Naturally occurring ozone levels vary greatly from region to
region, making blanket assumptions about its effect on human
health virtually impossible. Finally, in making its case for
tighter standards, the SAB appears to have assumed that there
is no safe threshold for human exposure. As EPA’s dubious
science received wider attention, opposition to the whole
scheme spread like wildfire. READ FULL ARTICLE