Climate Alarmist Tells EPA Chief To Defy Obama

Funny stuff over at Grist by Thomas McGarity

Last Friday, President Obama ordered EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to withdraw EPA’s new ambient air quality standard for ground level ozone (smog). The order came in a letter [PDF] from Cass Sunstein, the head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget.

The order does not pretend to be based on science. Indeed, it flies in the face of the available science on the human health effects of ozone as determined on at least two occasions by EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). The White House acknowledges — even touts — that the order is based on economic considerations. (President Obama wrote in a statement Friday that “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 Jackson withdraw the draft Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards at this time.”) But the Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision written by Justice Antonin Scalia, held that costs are not to be considered in setting ambient air quality standards.

If Jackson obeys the order, her action may not strictly violate the letter of the Clean Air Act, but it will violate the spirit of that statute. It will also be the wrong thing to do from a public policy perspective. Leaving the current standard in place will (according to EPA’s own calculations) result in up to 2,200 heart attacks and up to 4,300 deaths per year.

Jackson should therefore disobey the order or resign.

Because if we don’t do away with ozone, we’ll all die. Even though ozone is not, in fact, smog.

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2 Responses to “Climate Alarmist Tells EPA Chief To Defy Obama”

  1. david7134 says:

    I sure wish Jackson would provide a basis for the “heart attacks”. As a cardiologist, I don’t know of any association between ozone and cardiovascular disease.

    This is fairly typical for these nuts. They just say something and think it is true, yet their actions would have a significant impact. Look at the effort to reduce salt, it does nothing!! Salt only causes problems is certain very select circumstances. It does not carry a major health risk. Twenty years ago it was tought to carry a risk, but recent studies do not confirm this concept. The same is true for dietary fats. There is no association between fats in the diet and development of vascular problems. Yet they are continuly trying to change food to reduce cholesterol and other fats with no effect on our health, in fact they may be making us sick.

  2. You don’t believe in the link between ozone, climate change, and heart problems? You must be anti-science, and probably believe the Earth was created 6,000 years ago

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