As you may have heard already, the EPA is not done handing out new environmental regulations. One set involves controlling ozone levels, and there were immediate concerns about them as soon as they were suggested. They were predicted to be the most expensive regulatory scheme in history last year.
The Obama administration proposed a draft air pollution rule on Wednesday that business groups charge could be the costliest regulation of all time — setting up a test of how hard the president will fight for his environmental agenda against a newly strengthened GOP.
President Barack Obama has already blinked once on the rule, which aims to limit smog-creating ozone pollution after 2020 from power plants and factories: Just before Labor Day in 2011, he forced the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw an almost-final version of the rule, infuriating green groups that accused him of capitulating to industry pressure to ease his reelection. Obama said he was acting to “underscore the importance of reducing regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty.”
As you can see, Barack Obama was a bit more reserved before he became the unbridled warrior with no elections left to face. The ozone regulations are so strict that places with no industrial activity of any sort would have to rethink how they approach these rules. Ozone is a naturally occurring substance as well as being a byproduct of man’s activities. (You wouldn’t want a hole in the ozone layer, would you? Or wait… is the ozone layer good or bad?)
As International Business Times reports, manufacturers have gotten together to check out some of the places which would need to figure out a new operating paradigm under these regulations and they’re not all factories.
The National Association of Manufacturers launched a multi-million dollar advertising campaign Tuesday against the Obama administration’s proposal to tighten environmental regulations for controlling ozone, the Hill reported. The business group charged that under the current ozone standards set in 2008, ozone levels were down 20 percent over the last decade.
The group — the largest manufacturer organization in the U.S. — pointed out in its new ads that various national parks had more pollution than the proposed limits, adding that the proposed ozone restrictions would put areas such as Yellowstone, Mesa Verde and Acadia out of compliance.
For your Tuesday evening entertainment, this is a pretty good video and it’s fairly short. Enjoy.