The Dernogalizer

August 19, 2010

Smoggy Senators Protest EPA Plan To Save Thousands Of Children’s Lives

Filed under: Energy/Climate,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 10:21 pm
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I recommend reading this post from last week in the Wonk Room.   A number of Senators, including a couple of Democrats, are criticizing the EPA of its move to strengthen the smog limits so that they are guidance with what the scientific community says is necessary to prevent unnecessary deaths from ozone.  It’s amazing how low these politicians will stoop to coddle the fossil fuel industry.  Below are a few excerpts from the piece…

“Under the guidance of administrator Lisa Jackson, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working to clean up one of George W. Bush’s most blatant acts of ignoring science and disregarding the law, when he personally overruled the unanimous recommendations of EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee for an ozone limit no higher than 70 ppb, setting instead an arbitrary and capricious standard of 75 ppb. Jackson intends to instead follow the law by setting a 60-70 ppb standard. However, a group of Democratic and Republican senators led by retiring Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) are trying to preserve Bush’s toxic legacy on behalf of the coal and oil industries in their states, complaining to Jackson that her plan “will have asignificant negative impact on our states’ workers and families”

“the conclusion EPA staff and scientists drew in 2008, based on the scientific evidence that “ozone has a direct impact on rates of heart and respiratory disease and resulting premature deaths,” was that a standard no higher than 70 ppb was needed. The agency calculated that a standard of 65 ppb “would avoid 3,000 to 9,200 deaths annually,” two to three times more than a 75 ppb standard. The difference is that George W. Bush is no longer the decider”


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