Reviews of air quality standards should be based on scientific analysis and conclusions, but too often the EPA embraces an obvious politicization of the air quality standard-setting process that could mean unnecessary cost increases for consumers, job losses for workers, and less energy security for America.
A combination of cleaner gasoline and diesel fuels, modernized equipment and facilities, and more fuel efficient vehicles have helped reduce emissions of air pollutants by 62 percent between 1980 and 2013 – even as vehicle miles traveled went up over 95 percent. Progress is clear – ozone concentrations under the current rules have dropped by 18 percent since 2000.
Our national progress on air quality has been great, and we can build on this progress without going to some of the unnecessary and potentially very damaging standards the EPA has proposed in the past.
What they are saying about stricter ozone regulations: