Change? No change, you still owe US.

Smoke ’em if you got ’em.

Here’s the White House statement:

Over the last two and half years, my administration, under the leadership of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, has taken some of the strongest actions since the enactment of the Clean Air Act four decades ago to protect our environment and the health of our families from air pollution. From reducing mercury and other toxic air pollution from outdated power plants to doubling the fuel efficiency of our cars and trucks, the historic steps we’ve taken will save tens of thousands of lives each year, remove over a billion tons of pollution from our air, and produce hundreds of billions of dollars in benefits for the American people.

At the same time, 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. Work is already underway to update a 2006 review of the science that will result in the reconsideration of the ozone standard in 2013. Ultimately, I did not support asking state and local governments to begin implementing a new standard that will soon be reconsidered.

I want to be clear: my commitment and the commitment of my administration to protecting public health and the environment is unwavering. I will continue to stand with the hardworking men and women at the EPA as they strive every day to hold polluters accountable and protect our families from harmful pollution. And my administration will continue to vigorously oppose efforts to weaken EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act or dismantle the progress we have made.

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2 Responses to Change? No change, you still owe US.

  1. Frank Bolen says:

    And to think I voted for this shit for brains, well in retrospect, that makes me one, too. I guess we’re all just going to be continuing to be screwed, huh? I should have listened to my brother in Chicago. Right. Isn’t that where scarface Al Capone made his mark? Change? Change to what?

    It’s like all these people screaming about losing jobs. Things are changing. There are tons of technology jobs avaialable if you can educate yourself. The day of hauling paper around the country is about over. There’s an internet now. I wouldn’t invest in a paper company if I were smart. People wonder why post offices are closing, and slimming down. It’s just the nature of being able to email, etc. It’s like people screaming that they lost their job at the 8 track company when cassettes came out, or the people that screamed that they were losing their jobs at the cassette company when CD’s came out… and now the people are screaming that they’ll lose their dangerous mining jobs if we move to cleaner energy sources. What we need here is education and not politicians and CEO’s using scare tactitcs to keep their constituents in a state of panic about the prospect of change.

    But then you get to issues like oil and coal where bastards like Obama and Senators, etc., make big money for their campaigns, and pockets. Then all of a sudden it’s important for the economy to keep polluting the air and destroying the environment. How incredibly obvious it is that the real change that we need is to set term limits, limit political spending, get rid of the electoral college, the two party system, and have real votes again. THAT would be CHANGE.

  2. BoWebb says:

    Obama can do much better than this. He owned the majority of congress when he was elected and had the opportunity to fix the mess of mountaintop removal that Bush created, but he chose to pussyfoot it. Mountaintop removal is an abomination and a disgrace to our country’s founders and their vision of a judicial system that provided equal protection under the law for all citizens. Mountaintop removal is no less a human rights issue whereas people are forced to abandon their property and move on or stay and risk their lives. Genocide is the appropriate word for what is taking place in mountaintop removal communities. Where is the outrage?

    As weak as Obama has been on MTR, as disappointed as I am with him and his inaction to ban mountaintop removal, it is a gut wrenching feeling I get when I think about his replacement could be Rick Perry, Michelle Bachman or any of the other sociopaths running against him. If Obama is not re-elected those of us living beneath mtr will be wiped out, the final solution to the problem of mountain people standing in the way of greed.

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