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.