Obama Caves Again

Ken AshfordEnvironment & Global Warming & Energy, Obama & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Seriously, what is the point?

"Hope and change" has brought nothing but "Let's do whatever congressional Republicans want".  The latest:

Citing the financial burden in a struggling economy and after Republican protests, President Barack Obama on Friday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to shelve a proposal to tighten smog standards.

"I have continued to underscore the importance of reducing regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues to recover," Obama said in a statement announcing the order.

Environmental activists immediately pounced on the move as a retreat by a weakened Obama administration trying to cut deals with Republicans in Congress. And the American Lung Association vowed to fight the move in court.

The withdrawal of the proposed rule comes two days after the White House, at the request of Republicans, identified seven such regulations that it promised to review after finding each would cost industry at least $1 billion.

Obama is now QUOTING from the GOP playbook — i.e., regulations destroy jobs.  I recognize on some level, there's a truth behind that, but there's the other side of the coin, too: the EPA earlier estimated the rule would save as much as $100 billion in health costs, and help prevent as many as 12,000 premature deaths from heart and lung complications.

Republicans are doing a jig, but, unhappy enough with success, Boehner merely calls this "a good first step".  

Here's a hint — if Boehner is happy, this country is headed in the wrong direction.

Mr. President, your poll numbers are tanking.  This is why.