How Dare Industry Express Its Views on Ozone

By March 6, 2008Energy

From Frank O’Donnell, maligner-in-chief at Clean Air Watch:

Saturday, March 01, 2008
Smog squeeze: industry escalates pressure at the White House
Industry is escalating its political pressure against any effort by EPA to toughen ozone standards. It’s a smog squeeze play.

The latest documented meeting took place Wednesday, as groups including the Edison Electric Institute and the National Association of Manufacturers met with the Office of Management and Budget. (See below.)

By Clean Air Watch’s standards then, this should also be a headline: “Job Squeeze: Big government, economy-killing activist groups escalate pressure at White House.”

Since this is another documented meeting held with OMB and OIRA:

Meeting Record Regarding: Ozone NAAQS
Date: 3/ 3/2008

Name Affiliation Client (if applicable)
Art Fraas OIRA/OMB
Deborah Shprentz . American Lung Association
Casey Vermeulen Physicians for Social Responsibility
John Walke NRDC
Janice Nolen American Lung
Cindy Pellegrini Amer. Acad. of Pediatrics
Gary Ewart American Thoracic Society
John Balbey EDF
Kevin Neyland OMB/OIRA
Heidi King OMB/OIRA
Erika Sasser EPA

However, we offer the headline only for purposes of illustration. We don’t immediately condemn the groups as malicious or mendacious, but rather as citizens who have a right to petition the government. They may be wrong as matter of policy, and the ozone standards they support will damage the economy with little if any health benefit resulting, but it’s worth a debate.

(Hat tip: OMBWatch, which delighted in maligning Susan Dudley, now head of OIRA.)

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