Report: 'EPA Rules Placed On Hold until after the Election Spell Doom for Jobs and Economic Growth'

October 18, 2012 - 8:32 AM

A new EPW Minority Report provides “A Look Ahead to EPA Regulations for 2013: Numerous Obama EPA Rules Placed On Hold until after the Election Spell Doom for Jobs and Economic Growth.”

The report enumerates the slew of environmental regulations that the report says the Obama-Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has delayed or punted before the election while President Obama is trying to earn votes; but the Obama-EPA plans to move full speed ahead to implement this agenda if President Obama wins a second term.

The report concludes that these rules taken together will inevitably result in the elimination of millions of American jobs, drive up the price of gas at the pump even more, impose construction bans on local communities, and essentially shut down American oil, natural gas, and coal production.

“President Obama has spent the past year punting on a slew of job-killing EPA regulations that will destroy millions of American jobs and cause energy prices to skyrocket even more,” ranking committee member Sen. James Inhofe said (R-Okla.).

“From greenhouse gas regulations to water guidance to the tightening of the ozone standard, the Obama-EPA has delayed the implementation of rule after rule because they don’t want all those pink slips and price spikes to hit until after the election. But President Obama’s former climate czar Carol Browner was very clear about what’s in store for next year: she told several green groups not to worry because President Obama has a big green ‘to-do’ list for 2013 so they’ll get what they want.  The radical environmental left may not need to worry but what about hard working Americans who will lose their jobs and be subjected to skyrocketing energy prices thanks to the Obama-EPA?

“This report is a wake-up call on the economic pain that the ‘abusive’ Obama-EPA plans to inflict next year – it reveals a President who is more concerned about saving his own job than the millions of Americans who are looking for one today,” Sen. Inhofe says.

Rules Delayed or “Punted” until 2013 by Obama-EPA:

  • Greenhouse Gas Regulations
  • Ozone Rule
  • Florida Numeric Nutrient Criteria
  • EPA’s Water Guidance
  • Stormwater Regulation:
  • Tier III Gas Regulations:
  • Boiler MACT Rule
  • Cement MACT Rule:
  • Coal Ash
  • 316(b) Cooling Towers Rule
  • Farm Dust Regulations:
  • Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule

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