WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Institute for Energy Research Senior Vice President Dan Kish released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed ozone rule:
“Americans have a lot of things to be thankful for this year, but EPA’s ozone rule isn’t one of them. That the EPA decided to announce this rule the day before Thanksgiving should surprise no one—it’s a regulatory train wreck that promises much pain for little gain.
“By EPA’s own conservative estimates, the ozone proposal would be the single costliest regulation in U.S. history. Meanwhile, our air is cleaner than it’s been in decades. Instead of celebrating that progress, EPA insists on trying to squeeze water out of a rock.
“There’s a reason President Obama pulled the plug on the ozone rule in the run up to the 2012 election—it’s an economic albatross. But now that his name isn’t on the ballot, the president apparently feels free to ignore the will of the voters who repudiated his failed policies and kowtow to the most radical elements of his base. The president continues to assault working men and women in this country with this destructive regulation. He continues to think Americans are stupid.”