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

While many Republicans supported the move, some attributed Obama’s decision to the 2012 presidential election.

“EPA itself estimated that its ozone standard would cost $90 billion a year, while other studies have projected that the rule could cost upwards of a trillion dollars and destroy 7.4 million jobs. By EPA's own projections, it could put 650 additional counties into the category of ‘non-attainment,’ which is the equivalent of posting a ‘closed for business’ sign on communities,” said an October 2012 report titled “A Look Ahead to EPA Regulations for 2013” released by the Republican staff on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

“Affected counties will suffer from severe EPA-imposed restrictions on job creation and business expansion, including large numbers of plant closures.”

Following Obama’s announcement to call off the implementation of tighter ozone rules, Gina McCarthy, EPA’s assistant administrator for air and regulation, would not comment on his decision.

“The president issued a statement and it should speak for itself,” she said in September 2011.

McCarthy has been nominated by Obama to serve as EPA administrator. PJ Media asked API if they agree with the Senate Republican effort to block her nomination. A spokesperson referred to a previous statement from API President and CEO Jack Gerard.

“We hope McCarthy shares the president’s stated vision for an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy and will support only sound EPA regulations that reduce potential adverse impacts on employment and energy costs while protecting the environment,” he said.

API is a “national trade association that represents all segments of America’s technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 500 members – including large integrated companies, exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms – provide most of the nation’s energy.”

According to API estimates, “the industry supports 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $85 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested over $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.”