Whenever the Biden Administration wants to “save the planet,” it turns out that their new rules do nothing for the environment but end up costing America jobs.
And some recent rules announced by members of the Joe Biden Administration are a perfect example of the blowback.
Now Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency just announced their latest edicts that could cost many Americans their jobs.
EPA releases restrictions on fine particulate matter
The Biden Administration has just finalized EPA regulations that will severely tighten restrictions on the fine particulate matter that the manufacturing and energy sectors are legally allowed to produce.
These new regulations could have devastating consequences on an already faltering U.S. economy.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed the regulations in a joint announcement with environmental activists, claiming that limiting particulate matter called PM2.5, also known as soot, will benefit the health of Americans all over the country.
It lowers the annual PM2.5 standard from 12 micrograms per cubic meter to 9 micrograms per cubic meter.
EPA Administrator Michael Regan said, “Today’s action is a critical step forward that will better protect workers, families and communities from the dangerous and costly impacts of fine particle pollution. The science is clear. Soot pollution is one of the most dangerous forms of air pollution and is linked to a range of serious and potentially deadly illnesses, including asthma and heart attacks.”
Regan also stated that the new standard is designed “to ensure clear, routine pathways for industry to continue to upgrade and build while maintaining cleaner, healthier air,” claiming that “cleaner air and a strong and bustling economy go hand in hand.”
The EPA says that the new regulations will prevent up to 4,500 premature deaths and 290,000 lost workdays, while also yielding nearly $46 billion in net health benefits by 2032.
But all of the praise and excitement from the EPA didn’t sit well with several industry associations including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and the American Petroleum Institute (API).
These organizations have warned that more restrictive rules regarding particulate matter will have devastating economic impacts.
The three groups and 30 other industry associations sent a letter to Regan in September, which stated that the new regulations may lead to tougher permitting requirements that would “freeze manufacturing and supply chain investments.”
A May 2023 study conducted by Oxford Economics and commissioned by Nam found that more restrictive PM2.5 regulations would threaten between $162.4 and $197.4 billion of economic activity and could put between 852,00 to 973,900 jobs at risk.
New rules threaten economic growth
Marty Durbin, Senior Vice President for policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said that the tightening of the standards “will grind permits to a halt for a large portion of our country.”
“EPA’s new rule is expected to put 569 counties out of compliance and push many others close to the limit, which threatens economic growth,” he continued.
Durbin also said that complying with the new standard will be “very difficult” since “84% of emissions now come from non-industrial sources like wildfires and road dust that are costly and hard to control.”
While the U.S. wants to reduce standards to 9 micrograms per cubic meter, countries like China and India currently have annual standards of 35 micrograms per cubic meter or greater.
API Vice President of Downstream Policy Will Hupman said that the announcement “is the latest in a growing list of short-sighted policy actions that have no scientific basis and prioritize foreign energy and manufacturing from unstable regions of the world over American jobs, manufacturing, and national security.”
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly sent a letter to President Biden, warning him of the negative consequences of the new rules.
In a letter written to Biden on January 31, Kelly wrote, “Although particulate matter in the air is a recognized health concern for our citizens, a sharp reduction in the standard without a sufficient glide path or compliance window for regulatory agencies and affected industries may result in significant implementation challenges and a negative impact on industry and future job growth in our state.”
Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.