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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:04 AM
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Obamas Ozone Capitulation: Celebrated by Conservatives and Denounced by Liberals
By: Josh Nelson
September 3, 2011

So far Ive found 7 Republican politicians and 7 industry groups that are supportive of the Presidents decision, and 2 Democratic politicians and 12 public interest groups that are critical of the decision. If you know of other statements that should be included here, please let me know.

Notably, even as the Republicans and industry groups praised the decision, many of them managed to include an attack on the President in their statement as well.

Person or Organization Supportive Statement

Senator Mitch McConnell
House Speaker John Boehner (spokesman)
Reps. Fred Upton and Ed Whitfield
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
Chamber of Commerce
American Petroleum Institute
American Enterprise Institute
Senator Jim Inhofe
Senator Pat Toomey
Senator John McCain
Electric Reliability Coordinating Council:
Heartland Institute
National Petrochemical & Refiners Association
Electric Power Generation Association

Person or Organization Critical Statement

American Lung Association
Sierra Club
Friends of the Earth
Natural Resources Defense Council
Senator Barbara Boxer
Rep. Ed Markey
League of Conservation Voters
Move On
Center for American Progress
Center for Biological Diversity
American Thoracic Society
Health Care Without Harm
The Trust for Americas Health /


Environmental battle lost
Associated Press
September 3, 2011

WASHINGTON In a dramatic reversal, President Barack Obama on Friday scrubbed a clean-air regulation that aimed to reduce health-threatening smog, yielding to bitterly protesting businesses and congressional Republicans who complained the rule would kill jobs in Americas ailing economy.

Withdrawal of the proposed regulation marked the latest in a string of retreats by the president in the face of GOP opposition, and it drew quick criticism from liberals. Environmentalists, a key Obama constituency, accused him of caving to corporate polluters, and the American Lung Association threatened to restart the legal action it had begun against rules proposed by President George W. Bush.

The White House has been under heavy pressure from GOP lawmakers and major industries, which have slammed the stricter standard as an unnecessary jobs killer. The Environmental Protection Agency, whose scientific advisers favored the tighter limits, had predicted the proposed change would cost up to $90 billion a year, making it one of the most expensive environmental regulations ever imposed in the U.S.

Obama said his decision was made in part to reduce regulatory burdens and uncertainty at a time of rampant questions about the strength of the U.S. economy.

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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:08 AM
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1. can't wait to read the posts explaining how the prez didn't REALLY do what he just did....
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:09 AM
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2. The Very Serious Persons vs The Dirty Fucking Hippies..

Move On?


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