Americans for Prosperity Weighs in on Ozone

By February 15, 2008Energy

From Americans for Prosperity, an e-mail alert:

The Environmental Protection Agency Administrator is nearing a decision on whether to make EPA ozone regulations even more burdensome on businesses, towns, and municipalities. Environmental extremists and states like California, which aren’t even in compliance with the current level of regulation, are pushing for the onerous new national regulations that are unnecessary and would be harmful to our economy.

The costs of complying with tighter regulation of ozone levels will cost businesses, towns, and municipalities literally hundreds of billions of dollars. If this new regulation is established, it could end up being one of the most costly rules ever issued with little or no health benefit for the American people.

We need to stimulate economic growth, not stifle it with needless new regulations from the EPA, especially during an economic downturn. Ozone has been significantly reduced over the past twenty years and this progress will continue without putting a big-government stranglehold on economic growth.

Please call the White House today and urge the Administration against implementing this new ozone rule. Tell them regulatory excess is not a legacy the Bush Administration wants. To use our online call alert form click here or see below for contact information and talking points.

We’ve put the rest of the message in the extended entry below.

For more ozone and contact information, please visit the NAM’s resources page at www.nam.org/ozonetoolkit


Contact:

Dan McCardell, (202) 456-5170
Business Liaison at the Office of the Public Liaison of the White House

Talking Points:

I urge the Administration to reject calls to tighten ozone level standards.

Tightening the current ozone standard would have little to no health benefit and would put a big-government stranglehold on economic growth, an especially bad idea during an economic downturn.

The costs of complying with tighter ozone regulations would be a significant burden on businesses, towns, and municipalities, reaching well into the hundreds of billions of dollars.

We need to stimulate economic growth, not stifle it with onerous new regulations from the EPA. Ozone has been significantly reduced over the past twenty years and this progress will continue without putting a big-government stranglehold on the economy.

The Bush Administration should be applauded for its past efforts to scale back the thicket of unnecessary federal regulations. However, if the Administration chooses to implement this rule, it is in danger of leaving a legacy of regulatory excess. If this new ozone regulation is established, it could end up being one of the most costly rules ever issued.

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