It didn't take long for big polluters to begin a counter-attack against the idea that national health standards for smog should be made tougher.
As noted earlier, career experts from the US EPA -- bucking political pressure from Bush administration political appointees -- have recommended that national smog standards be made stricter to protect kids with asthma and other breathers.
And now the polluter empire is striking back.
In today's USA Today, a spokesman for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce vowed to oppose any effort to tighten the smog limit:
"This is going to be a royal fight, because the cost is too big," said William Kovacs, a vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber of Commerce is only one of many corporate polluters that have already announced their opposition to tougher smog standards:
• Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
• American Chemistry Council
• American Coke & Coal Chemicals Institute
• American Forest & Paper Association
• American Iron and Steel Institute
• American Petroleum Institute
• American Trucking Associations
• Corn Refiners Association
• Council of Industrial Boiler Owners
• Edison Electric Institute
• Engine Manufacturers Association
• National Association of Manufacturers
• National Cotton Council
• National Mining Association
• National Oilseed Producers Association
• National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
• National Petrochemical & Refiners Association
• Portland Cement Association
• U.S . Chamber of Commerce
• Utility Air Regulatory Group