Leaders of environmental and public health groups arrived at the White House Friday morning for what was supposed to be a look-ahead at the fall energy and environment agenda.
What they got instead was a rude awakening.
Administration officials told the stunned enviros that President Barack Obama was pulling the plug on plans to tighten Bush-era ozone standards — standards Obama’s own EPA chief has previously declared “not legally defensible.”
According to Politico’s report, the EPA was “completely blindsided” by the Obama administration’s decision to weaken ozone standards.
While President Obama hasn’t found much support for this decision among his base, he has gotten support from Republicans, with Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan saying,
“This sudden admission by President Obama that ill-considered regulations do, in fact, have a negative impact upon our economy is a welcome breakthrough.” Republican Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky was also supportive of President Obama’s decision, saying, “With the president’s change of heart on regulations, we welcome his support in having our pro-jobs and pro-growth measures signed into law.”
So what I’m left to wonder is what happened to the Democrat we elected to the White House.