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Oklahoma Papers Sound Alarm on Obama EPA Air Rule, Worry About Impact on Jobs
January 12, 2010

Posted by: David Lungren David_Lungren@epw.senate.gov  

Oklahoma Papers Sound Alarm on Obama EPA Air Rule, Worry About Impact on Jobs

Link to Tulsa World Editorial 

Link to Oklahoman Editorial  

As the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Senator Inhofe sounded the alarm on Obama Administration's recent proposed ozone standards, saying, "This action could impose severe restrictions on growth and economic development in cities and towns across the nation.  We all support cleaner air, but here's where the Obama EPA and I disagree: it shouldn't come at the expense of people's jobs or the economy."

In particular, Senator Inhofe warned at least fifteen counties in Oklahoma-Adair, Caddo, Canadian, Cherokee, Cleveland, Creek, Dewey, Kay, Mayes, McClain, Oklahoma, Ottawa, Pittsburg, Sequoyah, and Tulsa-would face new restrictions on economic growth and development.

Oklahoma's two largest newspapers published editorials this week sharing Senator Inhofe’s concerns with the Obama Administration's proposed ozone standard.  

In the piece, titled "Smog Cops," the Tulsa World calls the proposal an "alarming development." The article argues, "Air quality standards should not penalize communities for things that are beyond local control, like weather patterns, geography and pollution that flows across borders and boundaries." In their list of principles for judging air quality rules, the Tulsa World notes that "standards should seek to keep air healthy, but not at the cost of choking off economic development."

The Oklahoman also raised questions about the new proposal, writing that it fails to properly balance environmental protection with the need for jobs and economic growth, "Obviously it's hard to eat well and afford necessities like health care without good jobs, and too often it seems environmental decisions are made without appropriately considering their potential collateral economic impact." The EPA cost estimate for imposing the standard would fall between $19 and $90 billion by 2020. As the Oklahoman pointed out, "The U.S. economy remains weak as a kitten, unemployment continues to be measured in double figures and a number of economists are worried last year's recession could be followed by another dip."

Related:

Inhofe Says EPA Proposal Will Keep Americans Out of Work, Threaten Economic Recovery

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