BBC News - Obama scraps tighter smog rules: "US President Barack Obama has scrapped proposals to tighten rules on air pollution.i'm sure he'd love to support the environment, but the enviroment doesn't make campaign contributions. besides, what would capitalism be if not a system that externalizes costs? if there's a price to be paid, it will be borne not by the profiteers, but the inhabitants of the planet who don't even partake in the profits.
He ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to shelve plans to reduce concentrations of ozone - one of the main contributors to smog.
Mr Obama said he was pulling the measure as part of a government effort to reduce regulatory burdens and uncertainty as the economy struggles.
Business groups and Republican politicians welcomed the decision.
But environmentalists condemned the move."
Gene Karpinski, the president of the League of Conservation Voters, said: "The Obama administration is caving to big polluters at the expense of protecting the air we breathe.
"This is a huge win for corporate polluters and huge loss for public health."