Remember the happier times when Hope & Change™ still rocked Al Gore’s second chakra?
On Friday afternoon, as brave and committed activists continued their non-violent civil disobedience outside the White House in protest of the tar sands pipeline that would lead to a massive increase in global warming pollution, President Obama ordered the EPA to abandon its pursuit of new curbs on emissions that worsens disease-causing smog in US cities. Earlier this year, the EPA’s administrator, Lisa Jackson, wrote that the levels of pollution now permitted — put in place by the Bush-Cheney administration– are “not legally defensible.” Those very same rules have now been embraced by the Obama White House.
Instead of relying on science, President Obama appears to have bowed to pressure from polluters who did not want to bear the cost of implementing new restrictions on their harmful pollution.
I don’t make it a habit of defending Obama, but Gore is dead wrong if he thinks Obama isn’t relying on science for his decision not to implement costly EPA regs. If Obama imposed the regs, the negative economic impact would be the final nail in the coffin of a one-term presidency. Run the numbers, Al — the science is settled.