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Another Episode of Not Getting the Memo – EPA Fantasies Minimize Seriousness of Economic Issues

The Obama Administration is involved in yet another embarrassing moment in a seemingly endless succession of moments that leave some staffer red-cheeked and heading for the restroom to take a breather.

Only in the White House do headlines like “American Jobs Crisis,” “Big Banks Slash Growth Forecast for 2011,” and “Zero Jobs Created” splashed across every business news website, and whispers about a coming double-dip recession translate into a “Record of Success” in creating a “Stronger Economy.”

The White House Blog:
Cleaner Air and a Stronger Economy – A Record of Success

Posted by Heather Zichal on September 02, 2011 at 10:30 AM EDT

Over the last two and a half years, the Obama Administration has taken unprecedented steps forward to protect the public health of American families by reducing harmful air pollution.  Taken together, the Administration’s clean air achievements will produce enormous benefits for public health and the environment – while promoting the nation’s continued economic growth and well-being.

The first few lines of the latest White House Blog post leaves room for a great deal of speculation regarding the planet of origin of the EPA executives, who really should exercise more care than to prepare public communications that cite mostly qualitative benefits of multiple rules changes while neglecting the overall cost to the economy.

According to the report, in 2010 alone, the reductions in fine particle and ozone pollution from the Clean Air Act prevented:

160,000 premature deaths;

More than 80,000 emergency room visits;

Millions of cases of respiratory problems;

Millions of lost workdays, increasing productivity;

Millions of lost school days due to respiratory illness and other diseases caused or exacerbated by air pollution.

 

When the author finally gets around to telling us how much money will be saved in the area of fuel consumption for automobiles, we find out that no one is going to save money until 2017 at the very least, and there is no estimate of how much each American will have to spend to save the projected $8k per vehicle.

…for  Model Years 2017 – 2025, which will require performance equivalent to 54.5 mpg or 163 grams/ mile of CO2 for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025.  Together, the Administration’s programs for cars and light duty trucks represent the first meaningful update to fuel efficiency standards in three decades and will save American families $1.7 trillion dollars in fuel costs, and by 2025 result in an average fuel savings of over $8,000 per vehicle.

 

If you are interested in playing a bit of a numbers game, feel free to look at the rest of the post and have fun inducing some more syndrome of the red cheeks at the White House.