EPA to ease back emissions standards

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  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    April 3, 2018 3:39 p.m.

    ETB: "Tens of thousands of Americans die every year from pollution." Hogwash! If you have any evidence, let's see it! Nature pollutes with naturally caused forest fires (like in California last year), volcanoes and natural decay! How many people die from over exposure to the sun (skin cancer) or from freezing? Life has risks and everyone pollutes, even you! Extremists environmental laws won't change that, they just makes food, medicines and shelter more expensive so more poor people die early! 20,000 to 24,000 poor people die every day from malnutrition (hunger), or hunger-related causes. Extremists environmental laws do more harm that good! Its not an either/or issue! We can keep man's effect on the the planet minimal without resorting to useless extremes!

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    April 3, 2018 12:33 p.m.

    @thud: Tens of thousands of Americans die every year from pollution. The EPA was the best thing we had going. If you're convinced that more pollution is a good thing, I would challenge you to move your family adjacent to the biggest refinery in the State all while the restrictions are lifted. I'll bet you won't do it so It's quite disingenuous to claim those of us who want clean air are extremists.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 3, 2018 9:20 a.m.

    It's not just tariffs that are going to encourage new technologies to be developed in other nations.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    April 3, 2018 8:06 a.m.

    Extremist environmental regulations are one of the many reasons rational Americans voted for President Trump! Today's Democratic party is the party of extremism and does not represent main stream America! That is why they are the minority party!

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    April 3, 2018 7:20 a.m.

    Standards set too high?

    Sounds like the mantra of the trump administration.

    Standards, most especially truth telling, are too high and inconvenient. Same with safety standards, decency standards, abuse of power standards and just plain greed standards.

    Thanks GOP! (sarcasm intended)

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    April 3, 2018 6:15 a.m.

    Just saw that gas has jumped to $2.75 in Logan this past weekend, and there are predictions it will reach $3 soon... I've also read that Trump's trade wars could push oil prices up. And now we're allowing American automakers to decrease their mileage ratings.

    I predict this will make American cars, once again, less attractive to drivers. I keep thinking back when Bush's Great Recession hit and America had to bail out GM and Chrysler because the companies were addicted to selling gas-guzzler SUVs and trucks, but Americans were suddenly turning to hybrids and fuel-efficient cars as the economy soured.

    Is the EPA now setting up the auto industry once again for failure? Europe is racing toward fuel efficiency, including electric vehicles. Most European car companies have plans for EVs in the next few years. Could the combination of high gas prices and American gas-guzzlers be the tipping point for EVs to suddenly become the car of choice owing to lower operating costs?

    Just read that Shell is moving into electricity to leverage its natural gas for electrical power for EVs.

    Maybe EPA's move is all part of Trump's well thought-out "plan."

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    April 2, 2018 6:41 p.m.

    Just what we need.

    Clean air?

    Clean water?

    Clean America?


    Why bother if all those silly things get in the way of corporate bottom lines?

    What's most important, healthy people or big profits for big investors and wealthy execs?