I’m celebrating but with reservations.
Environmental Protection Agency head Lisa Jackson said Tuesday her agency is working on air quality regulations for areas impacted by natural gas production and hydraulic fracturing.
Yay! Right? Only, this part worries me:
…Jackson said her agency is acting to control air quality in areas that are facing new impacts.
I hope that is not a hint that the new rules will only cover new sources and not existing sources. If it’s just new sources, then we are sunk.
“You are going to have huge smog problems where you never had them before,” she said. “These are rural areas. … There is a lot of activity around those wells and that has an impact on air quality — and we know it already. The EPA will soon be coming out with regulations to deal with the air quality around natural gas production.”
Yeah, we knew that too, and we didn’t need to study it for two years.
“Natural gas production will thrive in this country,” she said, “unless the American people and investors come to believe it’s not going to be financially viable or it’s going to hurt their health … The way you avoid that is by stepping up to regulation rather than running from it.”
Jackson noted the prominence green jobs took in Obama’s campaign, and some of the administration’s work promoting carbon legislation. But, she said, the electorate isn’t calling for immediate action.
“They’re not marching on Washington the way they did on Earth Day in the 70s,” she said. And, she added, Obama is doing what he can with the public will he’s been given.
Those are marching orders, my friends.