"White House delayed rules ahead of 2012 election"
well,,, duh.. this is news?
Cause and Effects 101...
Environment regulations are good, all well and fine.
Government regulations have real costs.
Businesses do business.
In order for a business to do business, it must know the costs of doing business.
As the government advances implementation of regulations, the costs of doing business change.
With the implementation of good, necessary environmental regulations the ability to do business can be compromised.
When a factory is faced with new pollution standards it has to make a choice.
Is it going to upgrade an existing facility?
Is it going to relocate certain offending operations?
Both options drive the cost of product up.
Shutting down a production line costs jobs.
The politicians want it both ways.
They want to be seen as pro-environment - and, pro jobs.
Business can not deliver on these promises.
They have to pay for the jobs.
Pay for upgrades for environmental compliance.
The solution is to delay the consequences of all those good environmental ideas, until "after" the elections.
That way everyone is happy..- or, almost...
The clueless sheeple will re-elect the guy that got his environmental policies passed.
So, the political hog is back at his trough - and, He is happy.
The Business, as businesses do, will find some way to comply.
They will accommodate the new rules - if possible.
If not, they will close down production lines, they will relocate to more modern compliant facilities,- or, relocate operations out of the country where the regulations don't exist.
This folds back to the clueless sheeple that re-elected their politician.
They eventually loose their employment, which ironically is another win for the politician.
Not only does he get points for his support of the environment,- now, he can also garner kudos for his compassionate support of unemployment benefits for his recently dispossessed constituents.
As the sheeple settle into their ever deepening dependency, they are ever more predisposed to cast their dependent votes for the guy that led them from the promised land - unto the land flowing with entitlement subsidies.
This is having your cake and eating it too.
If you like your job - you can keep your job... not!!!
but, in your government provided housing, eating your government provided food, talking on your government provided phone, the air will be cleaner and your water will be sweeter... maybe... if they ever get around to enforcing the environmental regulations.
Ya can't say that the White House doesn't know what it's doing.