A week ago, the Bush administration was urging Congress to cripple the Clean Air Act’s new source review program. Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) noted this was the “primary” request the administration made as part of the energy bill that cleared the House last week.
Ultimately, Barton shelved the plan to kill new source review when he figured out he probably would lose the vote.
Today, the administration used new source review to bring about a cleanup at 7 ExxonMobil refineries. Under the deal, the giant oil company will reduce emissions while expanding refining capacity.
Today’s settlement is graphic evidence that we don’t need to weaken our health and environmental protections in order for refineries to expand.
And it appears as if the Bush administration delayed the settlement until the House of Representatives finished action on the new energy bill.