Oh, right, 'cuz nothing about our capitalistic society is "business friendly." Can anyone say "drill baby drill"? How 'bout "election year"?
From The Los Angeles Times:
The Obama administration has decided to delay a rule that would cut emissions from power plants at major industrial facilities, the most recent in a series of decisions since the midterm election to postpone controversial environmental regulations and steer a more business-friendly course.
The Environmental Protection Agency's decision Monday about the rule comes three days after President Obama announced plans to open more domestic territory to oil and gas drilling.
The on-site power plant rule was delayed more than a decade until court decisions pushed the EPA to develop a regulation. The Obama administration proposed its rule in April 2010, saying that as many as 4,800 premature deaths a year from respiratory ailments could be avoided by 2013 if such pollutants as mercury, dioxins and lead were cut from the country's 13,600 industrial power plants.
Read the entire the article, by Neela Banerjee, here.
You know what would be great? It would be great if we could have some air breather-friendly and overall health-friendly policy decisions from, oh ... I don't know ... the Environmental Protection Agency, who's mission "is to protect human health and the environment."
Why is it that the federal government won't allow the agency to do its job, and hasn't since it was founded a few decades ago to appease the masses who need to feel a sense of security and care from their government? Oh, right, because it's not business-friendly enough.
You know what's also not business friendly? Dead money spenders. Can't buy shit if you can't breathe. #justsayin
While it's nice that you'd like to help one of Charlotte's darlings, Duke Energy, I'd like to remind you that they're already super rich and super powerful. Oh, wait ... and they're the sponsor for our upcoming Democratic National Convention, too, aren't they? Oh, I see.
Right. I repeat: Election.Year.
Further reading: Britain set to announce ambitious environmental steps The New York Times (subscription may be required)
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