02 Sep '11, 5pm

Obama Sides with Businesses, Pulls Back Proposed Smog Standards

[Editor's Note: Updated with comments from Dow and the Environmental Defense Fund.] Bowing to pressure from business groups, President Barack Obama put the brakes on plans to toughen smog standards and ordered the Environmental Protection Agency this morning to withdraw its draft of updated rules. The Washington Post's early report on Obama's about face spread the news as the world inside the Beltway began slipping away for the long Labor Day weekend. Nevertheless, the response from environmental groups and other advocates of the stricter regulations was swift and sharp. "The Obama administration is caving to big polluters at the expense of protecting the air we breathe," said Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters , in a statement issued in Washington, D.C. "This is a huge win for corporate polluters and huge loss for public health." The Natural Re...

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