The EPA announced yesterday that it is seeking to cut air pollution. Based on the fact that the Bush Administration’s EPA never sought to cut air pollution, this is a wondrous thing.
Of course, who could possibly argue with the idea of cleaner air? The EPA’s stated goal is to propose a stricter standard for smog-producing pollutants that, according to the New York Times, “would bring substantial health benefits to millions of Americans.” No mess, no fuss, no debateâ€”if you’re a homo Sapien who uses his lungs to intake oxygen this is a good idea.
According to the American Petroleum Institute, the chief lobbying firm for oil companies, government environmental standards are a bad thing. They call the EPA’s moves “an obvious politicization of the air-quality standard-setting process that could mean unnecessary energy cost increases, job losses and less domestic oil and natural gas development.”
In a word: Evil.
Can anyone here imagine holding a job where you literally represent the needs and desires of a community that kills the planet; that has expressed no regard for the earth unless it somehow produces profit? Whether you believe man-made global warming to be true (I do) or not (seriously, open your eyes), who can possibly argue with fewer emissions? With cleaner air? With safer water? Can a price actually be placed on these endeavors? Like, you don’t want your kids breathing in cancer-causing chemicals, but not for $100,000?