On EPA overreach

My column in the La Crosse Tribune this month focuses on the question of EPA overreach. This time, the agency that under Obama is a haven for tree-hugging environmentalist wackos on sabbatical from laying down in front of construction equipment in fracking country is trying to tighten regulations on ambient ozone levels because, in Western Wisconsin, we have this (imaginary) perpetual blanket of smog reminiscent of a soot-belching communist industrial zone on the outskirts of Shanghai:

When bureaucrats in Washington heard that average Americans were suffocating, they obviously got the wrong idea.

Though Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is at 2008 levels, it’s clear our state and national economy have a long way to go. And despite this fragile economy, the President Barack Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency figure now’s the ideal time to impose what could be the most expensive regulation in our nation’s history, throwing more cold water on what passes for an economic recovery these days.

The proposal being pushed by the EPA would revise ozone rules known as the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Under the proposal, the current eight-hour ozone standard of 75 parts per billion would be reduced to between 65 ppb and 70 ppb. The EPA also is exploring levels as low as 60 ppb, which would put nearly the entire nation out of compliance — including La Crosse. The EPA’s final decision is expected by October.

P.S. – I’m not sure who “Wong” is – he must be a lobbyist for the anti-regulatory efforts. Be it known that I did not submit a headline with the piece, much less a misspelled one.

Whole thing here.

About the writer: Chris Rochester has worked in communications and finance for a state Senate and congressional campaign, consulted on numerous Assembly and local races, and has held leadership roles in his local Republican Party. He's communications director for the MacIver Institute. Commentary here is strictly his own.