July 15, 2011
EPA Targets Fourth of July Fireworks
Posted by Dave Blount at July 15, 2011 7:52 AM
I hope you enjoyed the fireworks on the Fourth, because if the EPA has its way, it could be the last chance you'll have:
The Environmental Protection Agency is at it again — this time eyeing smog standards so stringent it could actually force cities to choose between July 4th fireworks and hugely expensive new rules.
Draconian smog standards are already on the verge of killing fireworks displays in towns like Wichita.
That's because the city's 4th of July fireworks pushed its ozone levels over the EPA limit for the third day this year. One more violation and it could find itself forced to produce an EPA-approved smog-cutting plan that would, as the Wichita Eagle reported, "cost taxpayers and businesses millions of dollars."
Now, the EPA is expected to announce later this month if it'll tighten the smog standard even more. Doing so would shove still more cities into the "polluted" category and leave many more with just a fireworks display between them and costly EPA mandates.
And make no mistake: The price tag will be big. The EPA puts the cost at upward of $90 billion a year. But the Manufacturers Alliance says it'll be closer to $1 trillion, and will cost millions of jobs as companies spend increasingly large amounts of money to scrub increasingly small amounts of pollutants out of the air.
All this money, however, will do little, if anything, to improve public health, despite what green groups or the American Lung Association might insist.
Joel Schwartz, co-author of the book "Air Quality in America," notes that "evidence has mounted that ozone at current, historically low levels is causing little or no harm, even in the most polluted areas of the country."
It's just icing on the cake that experiencing patriotic Fourth of July celebrations makes kids more likely to become Republicans. For progressives, the purpose of repression is repression.
On a tip from Stormfax.