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Stricter EPA Ozone Rules Could Put ‘Entire Country’ Out of Business, Industry Group Warns

“The potential of significant national economic harm with stricter standards at or below naturally occurring levels is real."

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Nicholas Ballasy

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June 4, 2013 - 12:19 am
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American Petroleum Institute Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Howard Feldman warned that new ozone regulations currently under review by the Obama administration and the Environmental Protection Agency could put “nearly the entire country” out of business.

“Such strict standards are not justified from a health perspective and are not needed to continue air quality progress,” Feldman said Thursday on a conference call with reporters.

“The potential of significant national economic harm with stricter standards at or below naturally occurring levels is real. Our map shows that nearly the entire country could effectively be closed for business should EPA move forward with this proposal,” said Feldman.

API released a map detailing the possible effect of new ozone regulations.

“Note that the current ozone standards are 75 parts per billion.  For ozone standards of 60 parts per billion, which EPA could propose, 97 percent of the population would live in places out of compliance and subject to new emission reductions requirements,” he said.

“With potential strict standards that approach or are even lower than naturally occurring levels, virtually any human activity that produced emissions could ultimately be restricted or affected. In some cases, new development simply would not be feasible or permitted.”

President Obama decided to delay the standards from taking effect in 2011, but the rules are scheduled for review again this year.

“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,” Obama said in September 2011.

“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.”

Obama’s decision drew harsh criticism from environmental groups.

“It is frustrating to see them kowtowing to this notion that you can’t save jobs and the environment, when in reality we know that the best way to have a successful economy is to have healthy people,” said Liz Perera of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

“It’s not helping our economy when people have to stay home to care for kids having asthma attacks.”

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so under the president's plan the cost of energy would sky rocket.

As to oil asking for ability to do their business, I would suggest that all those that hate big oil, wean themselves off of oil, downsize and practice what you preach.

But someone has to tell me why so many people who complain about demon oil are the biggest consumers of energy.
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Once again, it seems that Big Oil lobbyists are stomping their feet and throwing a tantrum because the EPA is trying to tell them they have to clean up their act a little bit. And of course the right wing media is going along with them, because - as we ALL know, those big corporations create most of the wealth and jobs in this country, so we should all show our gratitude by shutting up unless what we have to say is favorable to their bottom line!
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1 year ago
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The Atlas Shrugged/John Galt scenario is getting closer and closer. Perhaps we simply close all the refineries and see what happens.

Wesley Mouch Obama is licking his lips in anticipation.
1 year ago
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It actually happened before she wrote the book, during the depression.
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Here are 185 examples of Barack Obama’s lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc.: http://www.tinyurl.com/185examples
1 year ago
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One of the first administrators of the EPA said that his goal was to make the EPA as powerful and feared as the IRS. He certainly has gotten his wish.

The EPA is under no requirement to to cost-benefit analyses for their rules and regulations. A new reg will destroy the small farms and timber companies in the country? big deal. The country will be economically hamstrung and go dark because power plants are shut down? tough. The EPA doesn't care one bit, particularly not about Global Warming being a fraud, they just want the power.
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Oh, please. It is much worse.
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("Oh, please" is not meant literally. Sorry.)
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I understood what you meant and you do have a point.
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