The polluter crowd at NAM has put up a new blog posting underscoring its opposition to tougher new smog standards.
Our friend, NRDC's John Walke, has put up a few salient comments, but at this point, they are still awaiting "moderation." So here they are:
Incredibly, your leading Wyoming example ignores high smog levels in WY’s Upper Green River Basin due to oil & gas activities. See http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1060016205.
Second, the post contradicts NAM’s own VP, who admits smog levels will be cut to below 70 ppb just by following already-adopted measures. See http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/jwalke/the_national_association_of_ma.html
Third, currently unknown technologies may be necessary to meet safer smog health standards in some counties facing bigger challenges, but it is utterly false to contend this will be required “throughout the country.” (NAM’s VP admits “all but nine counties” nationwide will have smog levels “at or below 70 parts per billion by 2025″ just be carrying out adopted measures.)
History shows that better technologies have developed to deliver safe air quality to Americans. And even these more challenged counties will have as long as *twenty-two* years to meet tighter standards.
NAM is opposing safe air for all Americans. NAM is opposing the unanimous conclusion by independent medical and scientific advisors to EPA who understand that the current smog standard is unprotective. These advisors have unanimously concluded this unprotective standard needs to be strengthened to between 60 and 70 ppb to protect all Americans. No surprise that there is no mention of any of that in this post.