EPA targeted for more legislation

7 out of the 10 programs discussed here are EPA programs, and targeted by Eric Cantor as “job killing”.


What he fails to mention is that most of these also try to minimize pollution which is “people killing”.  So Rep. Cantor, are you trying to kill us slowly?

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2 Responses to EPA targeted for more legislation

  1. John says:

    It’s worth noting that the EPA website has a little summary of the cost-benefit analysis (http://www.epa.gov/airtransport/) that goes along with Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR, one of the more significant regulations criticized in Cantor’s blog) suggesting that the long-term health benefits of reduced air pollution completely swamp the implementation costs. I can’t really comment on their methodology specifically, though I have read up on air pollution health impact assessment in the context of improved cookstoves, and I have been impressed with the depth of the methodology surrounding the health effects of PM emissions; see for example:

    Pope CA, Burnett RT, Krewski D, et al. Cardiovascular Mortality and Exposure to Airborne Fine Particulate Matter and Cigarette Smoke: Shape of the Exposure-Response Relationship. Circulation. 2009;120(11):941-948. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.109.857888

    They show a surprisingly strong correlation between fine particulate matter (PM2.5) exposure and mortality that holds across three orders of magnitude of exposure level- everything from background air pollution to heave cigarette smoking. So from an assessment standpoint, I suspect the understanding of the benefits of this regulation is pretty robust…

  2. Paul says:

    Well here we go, this was one of the programs targeted:
    Looks like Obama did Cantor’s work for him..

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