20 May '11, 8pm

L.A. Times: Obama is throwing ‘the environment and public health under a bus’ to get reelected

L.A. Times: Obama is throwing ‘the environment and public health under a bus’ to get reelected

Shortly after his party's "shellacking" in the midterm election, President Obama ordered government agencies to ensure that new regulations took economic growth into consideration and that old ones be revoked if they "stifle job creation or make our economy less competitive." Five months later, it's becoming pretty clear what he meant: The environment and public health will be thrown under a bus for the sake of his reelection in 2012. The latest victim of the administration's new political direction is a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule to limit emissions from industrial boilers, which power oil refineries, chemical plants and other factories. The EPA indefinitely rescinded the proposal this week, citing Obama's January executive order on regulations and claiming that the agency hadn't had time to properly address industry concerns about the rule since a draft...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/politics/2011-05-20-la-times-barack-...

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