President Obama’s smog policy gamble holds uncertain political payoff

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The surprise White House decision Friday to shelve tougher smog regulations may not allow President Obama to breathe easier politically.

While Obama nixed plans that Republicans alleged would be a costly brake on job growth and the GOP praised the decision, the opposition party quickly signaled that the decision won’t change the thrust of the right’s attacks against other pieces of the White House’s green agenda.

Republicans remain poised to hammer the White House on the economy with weeks of House votes this fall to delay or scuttle other Environmental Protection Agency rules that Republicans and business groups call “job-killing.”

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The Hill
Ben Geman
Saturday, September 3, 2011

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