COMMENT: It is clear by his actions here that Obama is concerned about re-election alone, and assuming the left-leaning environmental base, is backing off from the EPA rules to appeal to independent and/or middle of the road voters, as well as to take away ammo from GOP attacks on issues he knows make him vulnerable. Notice that the statement admits he would revisit in 2013 (start of second term).

Wall Street Journal
September 3, 2011

President Barack Obama, citing the struggling economy, asked the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday to withdraw an air-quality rule that Republicans and business groups said would cost millions of jobs.

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The surprise move—coming on the same day as a dismal unemployment report—reflected the energy industry’s importance as a rare bright spot in adding U.S. jobs. The tighter standards for smog-forming ozone could have forced states and cities to limit some oil-and-gas projects.

In making the move, the White House clearly judged that it had more to lose from industry and Republican criticism than it had to gain from environmental groups who support the rule.


The White House left open the possibility that the standard could be tightened in 2013, when the rule will be reconsidered as part of a five-year review required by the Clean Air Act.

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