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The EPA's Next Big Economic Chokehold

September 9, 2015

Encouraged by advocacy and lobbying groups such as the Natural Resources Defense Council and the American Lung Association, it is predicted that this fall, President Obama will set new, lower standards for ground-level ozone production to 60 parts per billion. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) predicts that lower man-made ozone levels will increase quality of life by reducing asthma and other respiratory diseases.

  • However, the National Institutes of Health does not attribute climate change or ozone levels to the cause of asthma.
  • Although ozone levels have fallen nationally since 2000, cases of asthma have increased.
  • The cost of the new regulation, as estimated by the National economic Research Associates, is the loss of millions of jobs and trillions of dollars over the next two decades.

When predicting that lower ozone levels will reduce cases of asthma and other respiratory disease, the EPA used a new and unproven statistical model that is inaccurate. Basing new regulations on this recommendation which impacts almost every sector of the economy would damage, not improve public interests. 

Source:  Tony Cox, "The EPA's Next Big Economic Chokehold," Wall Street Journal, September 1, 2015.

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