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As one of our more than 6.9 million FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your representative and senators today and ask them to support the resolutions of disapproval against the EPA’s new air quality standards for ozone emissions. The House resolution, sponsored by Congressman Paul Gosar, is H.J.Res. 74; the Senate version, sponsored by Senator Jeff Flake, is S.J.Res. 25.
The EPA’s latest regulation to further lower ground-level ozone levels to 70 parts per billion (ppb) flagrantly ignores the real-world impact of compliance. Low-level ozone can be created by forest fires and other natural sources, and man-made ozone pollution is redistributed from distant places by winds. Thus, in many areas of the country the 70 ppb standard would actually require the affected counties to damage their economic output to compensate for pollution they’re not even emitting themselves.
In our slow-growing economy, the EPA’s continual onslaught of regulations is increasing the cost of doing business – directly killing job growth and economic growth. Together with the draconian new CO2 emission regulations on power plants (among many other unachievable restrictions), this ozone restriction will further boost energy costs, which burdens every single business and industry in the nation.
The rule is also just plain unnecessary. Air quality across the United States has increased vastly over the past decades – in spite of massively accelerated development. Advancing technology and increased prosperity help to create more energy-efficient and lower-emission products, while the EPA’s ever-increasing burden of regulation slows down this economic progress.
Thus, I hope you’ll call your representative and senators and urge them to support these resolutions of disapproval against the EPA’s ozone rule – H.J.Res. 74 and S.J.Res. 25.
President & CEO, FreedomWorks