Obama Caves to GOP on Tougher Air Pollution Standards

Friday, September 2, 2011

In a stunning flip-flop on his own administration’s commitment to clean air, President Obama once again caved to congressional Republicans and decided Friday not to raise Federal ozone standards for air pollution.

Obama’s reversal caused a rift with environmentalists but won the praise of industry groups and pro-business congressional Republicans.

Sounding increasingly like the late Ronald Reagan, Obama overruled the EPA as well as the unanimous opinion of its independent panel of scientific advisers, and directed administrator Lisa Jackson to withdraw the proposed regulation to reduce concentrations of ground-level ozone, smog’s main ingredient.

House Speaker John Boehner wasted no time seizing on Obama’s flip-flop, saying:

“But it is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to stopping Washington Democrats’ agenda of tax hikes, more government ‘stimulus’ spending, and increased regulations, which are all making it harder to create more American jobs.”

The Ohio Republican is 3 for 0, having first won 98% of what the Republicans and the Tea Party wanted in the recent budget fight, next Boehner forced Obama to change the date of his jobs speech to not conflict with a GOP presidential debate at the Reagan Library, and now today’s reversal of the president’s ozone standards for air pollution.

Mr. Obama has become a sad lamb, lost in the wilderness, completely forgetting that he is the president of the United States and not Speaker Boehner. In any case, with a job approval of 38% and unemployment stuck at 9.1%, all polls suggest Barack Obama will be defeated in his reelection effort come November 7, 2012.

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18 Responses to Obama Caves to GOP on Tougher Air Pollution Standards

  1. Vivzz says:

    I am so angry I am having difficulty typing. I’m so changing my party affiliation from Democrat to Independent for this. I can’t support this spineless wimp. Obama stands for nothing and no one except big business and Wall Street. Be gone, Mr. Obama.

  2. I don’t think he caved to make congress happy or to appease anyone on the right. Obama understands how expensive these new regulations are going to be to the average consumer (voter) and is terrified of the reaction at the ballot box in November of 2012.

  3. DMason says:

    So Chicken Hammer explain how smoggin’ up the air in cities like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, and New York benefits the American people? I guess I’m just too thick to see the benefit of Obama’s and your wisdom?

  4. TOM339 says:

    Many say Rep. Allan West is the only African American member of the Tea Party. This is incorrect.

    There is another: Barack Hussein Obama. When you turn your back on the elderly, the disabled, the poor, those born with birth defects, and look for ways to eviscerate Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, you have lost the privilege of calling yourself a Democrat.

    Obama’s light-hued black skin was washed to white the night he slept over at the Bohemian Grove and showered before dining with other globalists.

  5. Marcus Ybanez says:

    I have never voted for a Republican candidate. Not once.

    However, I think Obama needs to suffer the wrath and humiliation of a true landslide defeat in 2012 and if this means I vote for Romney, then I say point me to the ballot. I cannot vote for Obama again in 2012. Maybe I’ll vote Green or write in Hillary Clinton but Obama’s done gone too far reversing his own EPA and clean air. Protecting the environment is bigger than political loyalty.

  6. Estacada says:

    I would like to know how much ca$h the Koch Brothers secretly agreed to pay Barry O-Busha for reversing his own EPA policy? $30 million? More?

    Trust me kiddos, when the O-Busha nightmare is over, he and Queen Michele won’t be returning to Lincoln Park, IL. They will be moving into a $20 million dollar estate in Honolulu and they will will have a multimillion dollar apartment in New York City. Their reward for throwing the entire country under the bus.

  7. ajihani says:

    Wow! Just wow. Obama has really showed us his Republican feathers and it isn’t pretty. He duped us and played us for fools. So where do we go from here?

  8. JollyRoger says:

    I will never vote Rushpubliscum under any circumstances. But I am really hoping that Bloomberg (among others) is correct about an indie bid. I suspect an indie bid would peel a whole bunch of people away from Bushcak and whoever his Rushpubliscum opponent might wind up being. We need us a good old fashioned Constitutional crisis.

  9. Robyn says:

    We need an Independent candidate more than ever. I will not vote for this wimp.

  10. Tiny Dancer says:

    Hillary? Now, more than ever.

  11. Sayingwhatneedsaying says:

    Give me one example odf when this worthless Ni&&ER didn’t capitulate………

  12. Adirondacky says:

    Pity the 49 million voters who thought they were helping this country by electing a Democrat only to discover Obama is a D.emocrat I.n N.ame O.nly.

  13. Fran says:

    Totally pissed off!

    Some quick facts:
    • According to the Environmental Protection Agency, increasing the standard would save 4,300 lives per year, prevent 7,000 hospital visits and avoid 2.6 million missed days of work or school.

    • The agency predicts that a higher standard would cost $25 billion per year, but yield $37 billion in benefits, like eliminating those missed work days.

    • As part of a law passed late last year, the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest Americans were extended for two years. The estimated cost to the government of that portion of the tax deal is $42 billion this fiscal year.

    Quite literally, I am not breathing easier with Obama as president.

    What is it he does stand for?
    Because so far, he seems to have caved on every issue of importance.
    This is just over the top.
    I don’t care so much about the stupid scheduling fight that hit the headlines yesterday, other than to think how unprofessional & a waste of time.
    The president & speaker of the house don’t have staff to work out scheduling?

    Enough with the constant bickering. I could just watch old Coyote & Roadrunner cartoons, if I wanted to see the Acme Anvil schtick.

  14. Brigadoon says:

    O Hillary, Hillary! Wherefore art thou Hillary?

  15. Mets Fan says:

    At this point I have to conclude Obama is just throwing spaghetti at the wall hoping it sticks.

    He is clueless and doesn’t know what to do about the sagging economy and his fading popularity. I’m sure he thought being “America’s first black president” would be enough to transport him to the historic mantle of such epic presidents as FDR and JFK but it wasn’t. Not when 15 million Americans are without work and job fairs in Atlanta and Los Angeles attract 20,000 respectively for 500 entry level service jobs.

  16. Stephen Iversonn says:

    Obama has caved to Republicans so many times on so many issues in order to maintain his ruse of “changing the tone in Washington (puke)” that I’ve lost count.

    The question I would pose to Obama is, with a job approval number of 38%, how is all that caving to Republicans working out for you?

    Maybe it is time to stand up for something and show the country that you’re not a pussy?

  17. Chicken Hammer says:

    DMason, Smoggin’ up the air (as you put it) in cities like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, and New York DOES NOT benefit the American people but cleaning up the air will be financially painful to everyone of us. Most of us understand that it is a cost we will have to bear. Obama is postponing the pain because he understands most of the populace will blame him for the increased cost.

    My point is that when you look at what Obama does in this case, rather than listen to what he says, it is very clear that reelection is more important to Obama than our environment.

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