Wednesday, June 25, 2008

How the White House undermined the EPA

By Libby

I'm working today so just a quick pointer to this piece that describes how the White House managed to ignore the analysis that supported the CA decision on upping the standards on emmissions. They literally refused to read the email.

Read it all, but here's a key quote.
Over the past five days, the officials said, the White House successfully put pressure on the E.P.A. to eliminate large sections of the original analysis that supported regulation, including a finding that tough regulation of motor vehicle emissions could produce $500 billion to $2 trillion in economic benefits over the next 32 years. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

Both documents, as prepared by the E.P.A., “showed that the Clean Air Act can work for certain sectors of the economy, to reduce greenhouse gases,” one of the senior E.P.A. officials said. “That’s not what the administration wants to show. They want to show that the Clean Air Act can’t work.”
Just as with every other policy decision in the last seven years, the Bush regime not only ignores the contrary evidence, it buries it.

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