President Obama has temporarily delayed new rules to be imposed by the unelected bureaucrats at the Environmental Protection Agency that would have punished American business by as much as $90 billion in new costs and jeopardized thousands of jobs right here in Virginia. Thats the good news, but the bad news is that the president intends to revisit the rules in 2013 after the 2012 election.
The proposed rules, governing ozone standards and air pollution, amounted to nothing more than a back door Cap-and-Trade scheme and would have a disastrous effect on employers and the people of Virginia. Though the president has backed down at this point, those concerned with the free market and the expansion of the economy must not become complacent!
AFP’s Vice President for Policy Phil Kerpen issued the following statement:
“The disastrous EPA proposal for unreasonably low ozone standards would have destroyed over seven million jobs and ground industrial activity to a halt. Nearly the whole country would have been out of attainment. Fortunately, public outrage forced President Obama to back down at least for now.
“Obama says that he would oppose the regulations ‘at this time.’ He went on to explain: ‘Work is already underway to update a 2006 review of the science that will result in the reconsideration of the ozone standard in 2013.’ In other words, Obama still plans to pursue this disastrous regulation, but not until after the next election.
“Grassroots activists who care about job creation and economic growth need to keep the pressure on to make sure this rule never takes effect, and must redouble their efforts on the dozens of other job-crushing rules coming from the EPA, NLRB, FCC, and the rest of the federal regulatory apparatus.