Campaigners are making a last-ditch attempt to oppose new ozone regulations, with a video making fun of the ridiculous laws the Environmental Policy Alliance says could result from the regulations. The Alliance, which is backed by big energy firms, has released a humorous ad showing the “EPA police” enforcing laws such as lawnmower bans and taxes based on how many miles you drive. The Environmental Protection Agency aims to reduce pollution limits from current levels of 75 parts per billion to between 65 and 70 parts per billion.
The EPA made the proposal last year, and it has been opposed by local businesses and the Environmental Policy Alliance who say the new goals are “unrealistic.” The conservative group also says that the ozone regulation “isn’t about controlling harmful emissions: it’s about controlling Americans’ daily lives.” They claim that the limits are so low that local governments will see themselves forced to come up with plans to dramatically cut ozone levels, such as the lawnmower ban shown in the advert.
The National Association of Manufacturers has also put out ads in Ohio, Wisconsin and Colorado opposing the proposals, saying the law “will stifle the economy and kill millions of jobs.” Republicans have spoken out against the proposal as well. In a March 16th letter to the EPA, Governor Scott Walker argued that the regulation “is just another to add to an ever growing list of costly mandates that are coming down from the federal government with little regard to their cost, impact on the economy or even how the standard can be achieved.”
President Obama has upped the rhetoric on climate change recently, saying at the GLACIER conference in Alaska on Tuesday September 1 that world leaders must “act now or condemn the world to a nightmare.” The EPA are expected to present their ozone proposals on October 1, with the measures predicted to cost up to $16.6 billion.
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