Barack Obama’s new ozone rules will kill manufacturing jobs and will be economically crippling according to David Johnson, CEO of Summitville Tiles, Inc, of Inside Sources. The regulation is in effect in October. It’s part of the war on fossil fuels.
The sweeping regulation, which is aimed at smog caused by power plants and factories across the country, particularly in the Midwest, is the latest in a series of Environmental Protection Agency controls on air pollution.
Johnson estimates it will cost the nation 1.4 million jobs and $1.7 trillion in lost productivity by 2040. The EPA will slap existing manufacturers with new “maintenance costs” that could jeopardize the very viability of an enterprise. Plants located in what the EPA calls “non-attainment” zones will not be able to expand without: A) a reduction in emissions; or B) the shutdown of operations from other plants in a given area. Plans for new plants and/or the expansion of existing plants will just be shelved.
The National Association of Manufacturers has called the proposal “the most expensive regulation ever.” They have issued a report that asserts the rules would be the most costly federal regulation ever issued. Its costs would be in excess of $140 billion per year, as manufacturing, construction and farm work is curtailed. Businesses and local governments will have to comply with hard-to-measure and even harder-to-attain standards or risk losing federal highway money.
In Ohio, this new ozone standard would unilaterally and immediately place every single county in the state in a “non-attainment” zone. By lowering the permissible ozone particulate from 75 to 65 parts per billion (ppb), the state’s entire manufacturing base will be subject to massive re-regulation, stifling new regulatory rules, and staggering new costs of compliance, he wrote.
The EPA’s proposed standard is so restrictive that 22 of New Mexico’s 33 counties would violate the lower end of the EPA’s ozone range, the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (NMACI) warned. They’d suddenly be in violation of federal law.
A total of 558 counties will be out of attainment with a standard of 65-70 ppb, including much of the rural West.
This nonsensical outcome is possible because the proposed standard approaches background levels of ozone, which come from natural sources, wildfires, industrial activity in other states and – in a disturbing trend – from outside the country.
The New Mexico Environment Department warns that Western states are getting hit with “transported ozone pollution from Asia … and that impact is increasing.” Researchers affiliated with NASA also report that China’s pollution is adding to our background levels.
The new standards will have an especially large impact on metropolitan areas that already have the most difficulty meeting the current standard. Political and governmental leaders in these areas are disproportionately Democrats and their communities would be most likely hurt by curtailed economic activity that is likely to result from the new standards.
Another irony is the EPA is attempting to reduce ground- level ozone by regulation while it is promoting use of ethanol that may increase ozone through ESIA mandates.
As an example of the effects of this new rule, based on questionable health studies, 80% of wood stoves will be banned. Fireplaces will soon be included. The 2015 rule regulates: Adjustable stoves, Single burn-rate stoves, Pellet stoves, Fireplace inserts (wood stoves that fit into a fireplace), Hydronic heater, Forced air furnaces.
The EPA and the environmental lobby make health claims based on pollution levels from a bygone era. They argue a tighter ozone standard will reduce asthma, but recent history shows no such connection.
For over a decade, asthma cases have increased by millions while ozone concentrations have declined. Meanwhile, the EPA and its political allies gloss over asthma causes such as allergies, indoor air pollution, and conditions associated with poverty.
Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican, calls the proposed ozone standard “too extreme” because “even some of our most pristine areas, such as our national parks, will not be able to satisfy it.” Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, has expressed similar concerns. High-elevation states are disadvantaged, Hickenlooper said, and the standard is being set “where you know you’re not going to be able to achieve it.”
Texans say it will destroy their booming economy.
Parks like Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon would not comply with the EPA’s proposal, according to research by the center-right American Action Forum. More than 100 state and national parks will be out of compliance.
Ozone levels have been dropping dramatically but that’s not good enough for the EPA. Nationally, ozone levels have fallen 33 percent since 1980 and the EPA admits they will continue to fall.
The government plans to regulate absolutely everything. The US Appeals Courts says they are in compliance with the Constitution. The latitude the EPA has is extraordinary.