President Obama surprised environmentalist after announcing that he was going to pull the plug on tightening the ozone standards. After the news Greenpeace released this video criticizing President Obama.
POLITICO reported that the EPA wasn’t notified of about the decision until the day before it was released. They also reported that the EPA was not involved in the decision-making process.
“….I have continued to underscore the importance of reducing regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues to recover. With that in mind, and after careful consideration, I have requested that Administrator Jackson withdraw the draft Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards at this time.” – White House press release
Not all are upset about the withdraw. Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe had this.
“President Obama has finally pulled the plug on what would have been the most expensive E.P.A. regulation in history. As Ranking Member of the E.P.W. Committee, stopping this job-killing ozone standard has been one of my top priorities, and I am pleased that today’s announcement offers some good news for Oklahoma and the nation.”
However, according to an American Lung Association poll 75 percent of Americans voters support stronger smog regulations and 66 percent believe that EPA scientists — not politicians — should establish clean air standards. If you agree with these voters, let Obama know.
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Lisa Sharp is passionate about green living, organic food, animals, and natural medicine. She is an environmental activist, green living expert, and consultant. In addition to being the founder and editor of Green Oklahoma, Lisa has a green living blog, Retro Housewife Goes Green. You can follow Lisa on twitter @Retrohousewife5 and Facebook.
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