On the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, President Barack Obama’s administration tried to inconspicuously issue a regulatory agenda containing over 2,300 costly new regulations.
Unfortunately for the president, conservative media were paying attention. And we are disappointed to report that the agenda contained nothing but bad news for America.
For instance, the agenda included what could conceivably be the most expensive regulation ever issued in U.S. history. This regulation would reduce the national ambient ozone standard from 75 parts per billion to 65 to 70 parts per billion.
The Environmental Protection Agency desperately wants this regulation implemented because it believes it would reduce asthma attacks and asthma-related emergency room visits, premature deaths and missed workdays.
The implementation of this regulation is necessary, wrote EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for CNN, “to clean up our air, improve access to crucial air quality information, and protect those most at-risk — our children, our elderly, and people already suffering from lung diseases like asthma.”
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The problem is that, according to the National Association of Manufacturers, the regulation would cost up to $140 billion per year. It would also “eliminate 1.4 million job equivalents per year.”
Furthermore, the American Action Forum issued a report arguing that the regulation would be so extreme that even our cherished national parks wouldn’t be able to abide by it.
“Hardly transportation corridors and centers of heavy pollution, many observers would be surprised to know that Death Valley National Park, Sequoia National Park, and Cape Cod National Seashore have ozone readings of 71 to 87 ppb,” the organization wrote.
Clearly, it would be best if the Obama administration were to simply leave the ozone standard at its current level, which has helped cut ozone-forming emissions in half since 1980 (H/T The Liberty Eagle).
But as usual, Obama prefers meddling in things that don’t need to be fixed. And also as usual, Obama is going to make things worse by hurting the economy and negatively affecting the life of nearly every American.
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Disclaimer: This article was not written by Lorra B.