This just in from the New York Times: Obama's environmental decisions are being driven by electoral politics, not by any sort of clear vision. Shocking news, we know, sorry to upset you. From John Broder's article:
The full retreat on the smog standard was the first and most important environmental decision of the presidential campaign season that is now fully under way. An examination of that decision, based on interviews with lobbyists on both sides, former officials and policy makers at the upper reaches of the White House and the EPA, illustrates the new calculus on political and policy shifts as the White House sharpens its focus on the president’s re-election.
The stifling of the proposed EPA smog regs should be looked at through the same lens as the delayal of the Keystone XL decision. Both represent a political balancing act in the leadup to the 2012 election. Whereas the smog decision infuriated the environmental community and thrilled industry groups, the inverse was true with the decision to delay construction on the pipeline.
We thought we knew where Obama stood on environmental policy. Turns out we have no idea.