Polluter-interested industries met with the White House yesterday, arguing that the pending anti-smog standard would be too costly. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute have also launched an advertising campaign in television, radio and in newspapers along the route of Obama’s Midwest bus tour this week “blasting the Environmental Protection Agency’s upcoming ozone regulations as a major burden on the economy.” The “Coalition for American Jobs” claims that Americans have to choose between jobs and the health of their families:
The stronger ozone standards will, if history is any guide, create jobs as manufacturers upgrade their equipment to sicken fewer people.
The American Lung Association, joined by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association and American Thoracic Society, also met with the White House chief of staff Bill Daley yesterday to encourage the delayed efforts by the Obama administration to repair ozone standards corrupted by President Bush. They “made clear that the science and the law require the administration to move forward with a smog standard that protects public health”:
We made clear that the science and the law require the administration to move forward with a smog standard that protects public health. The American public strongly supports air pollution cleanup, and an updated standard is long overdue to protect and save lives. We urged the administration to issue the standard immediately.
Also joining the meeting of anti-pollution advocates were the League of Women Voters, the Center for American Progress, Earthjustice, Environment America, Environmental Defense Fund, League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Sierra Club.