The Environmental Protection Agency is set to roll out even more aggressive regulations come October. Despite scientific reports of ozone levels declining 20 percent over the past ten years, the EPA has proposed even harsher restrictions that could cost $1.1 trillion.
The agency’s new regulations could slash U.S. GDP by $270 billion per year and $3.4 trillion from 2017 to 2040 and result in 2.9 million fewer jobs or job equivalents per year on average through 2040. This proposal comes after reports that 40% of American households live in areas unable to comply with the existing regulations.
Perhaps these detrimental effects are why 269 businesses are asking President Obama to stop his administration from moving forward on its ozone pollution rule. The National Association of Manufacturers is leading the charge against the Obama regime. The NAM recently released a video explaining how Yosemite and the Grand Canyon would violate the EPA’s proposed ozone limit of 70 parts per billion.
Science and common sense contradict the claims of the EPA as they pertain to ozone and public health. Louis Anthony Cox Jr., Chief Sciences Officer of NextHealth Technologies explains:
“If we look at actual data instead of at EPA’s model-based predictions, it is clear that, in many places in the United States, much larger reductions in ozone levels have already occurred in recent decades than those that are now being proposed. Yet, these relatively large reductions in ozone levels have caused no detectable public health benefits. Therefore, EPA’s assumption that future proposed reductions in ozone will do so is unwarranted. Such changes have been tried and they have not worked: their predicted public health benefits have not materialized.”
The EPA wants to implement unattainable regulations on American businesses that would stifle economic growth. As the NAM explains, “Under new ozone rules out of Washington, these national treasures would actually violate clean air laws If national parks can’t comply, how can your community?”