American Elephants


Is the EPA Sustainable When they Keep Killing Jobs? by The Elephant's Child

The president promises to do everything he can to create  jobs to get the unemployment rate down from its disastrous 9,2 level. Concurrently, the Environmental Protection Agency, under the direction of Administrator Lisa Jackson, issues a new set of standards designed to kill jobs right and left.

John Engler, president of the Business Roundtable warns that:

there is nothing reasonable or balanced about the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to tighten national air-quality standards for ozone emissions at this time.  For one thing, it’s premature, coming a full two years before the EPA is scheduled to complete its own scientific study of ozone emissions in 2013.

The EPA’s new standards are currently under review by the Office of Management and Budget but could end up on the president’s desk in the next few days.  If implemented, they would reduce the existing 0.075 parts per million (ppm) ozone standard under the National Ambient Air Quality Standards program to 0.070 ppm or even 0.060 ppm.

The EPA has stated that considering economic effects and jobs is not part of their assignment. That is abundantly clear.  They do estimate that these new standards could cost business anywhere from $20 billion to $90 billion annually. New businesses would need to get emission offsets and install controls.  Existing businesses would face retrofit requirements just to keep operating the way they have for years.

Businesses are already complaining about excessive regulation made without consideration of its real world effect on business. This kind of new regulation is sure to seriously affect economic expansion and to discourage capital investment in the counties affected.  Higher costs, more uncertainty means not only layoffs, but marginal businesses would be closed and new facilities would be likely to be sited elsewhere, including outside the country.

Numerous studies indicate that the air is consistently growing cleaner under existing standards, and the EPA’s quest for ever finer particulates becomes more excessive. The president’s claim that he is reviewing government agencies to remove excessive regulation that harms business expansion is belied by EPA actions.  At least new rules should await the scientific review now under way.

And I thought the banning of CFCs in primatene mist inhalers for asthmatics was excessive!




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