In what is widely seen as a serious break with the environmental movement, President Obama has rejected an EPA proposal to tighten emission controls across the US. From the NYT:
The Environmental Protection Agency, following the recommendation of its scientific advisers, had proposed lowering the so-called ozone standard from that set by the Bush administration to a new stricter standard that would have thrown hundreds of American counties out of compliance with the Clean Air Act. It would have required a major effort by state and local officials, as well as new emissions controls by industries and agriculture across the country.
As Representative Eric Cantor said, “the impact [of the proposal] would be felt across the economy and cost as much as $1 trillion and millions of jobs over the next decade.”It will be many years before the green movement has a president more in touch with its core values and worldview than President Obama. That greens can’t make progress on their key agenda items with this president (and made very little progress even when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and the White House from 2009 through the start of this year) should be the clearest possible sign that the green agenda as currently configured is on a dead end course.Virtually every major green initiative has crashed and burned during the Obama years; typically, greens will spend almost no time thinking about what greens did wrong, and spend a great deal of time talking about how clueless and selfish everyone else is.More self-reflective people just might get more done.