"Greens and public health advocates fear the White House is losing its backbone when it comes to defending its environmental policies — at the worst possible time.
The Environmental Protection Agency this week delayed two major clean air regulations aimed at curbing ozone and toxic air pollution from industrial boilers. The Obama administration denies that politics are in play, but that appearance is hard to avoid as House Republicans prepare to use their majority to try and rollback EPA standards.
The delays have garnered national attention, including a front page story of Friday's New York Times — and sent shockwaves through the environmental and public health communities. Now, activists who heralded Obama's aggressive environmental policies are preparing to circle their wagons around other rules they say may be vulnerable."
Robin Bravender reports for Politico December 11, 2010.