"‘The Lung Thing’: How Cass Sunstein And Bill Daley Convinced Obama To Let 7,200 Americans Die Every Year"
A scathing investigation by the New York Times’ John Broder finds that White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley and Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs chief Cass Sunstein were the instrumental figures in killing stronger smog standards that would have saved 7,200 lives a year. Daley’s arguments that convinced Obama to reject EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson’s attempts to clean up Bush-era corruption were “straight out of the industry playbook,” Broder writes. Jackson “talked about how important it was to do this, the lung thing, the asthma thing, the kids’ health thing,” U.S. Chamber of Commerce lobbyist Bruce Josten complained to the Times. “This decision was made on the merits and not on politics,” Sunstein says.