ABC and NBC Ignore Latest EPA Regulations On Businesses

On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency is set to issue new regulations on ozone emissions by factories which could cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars in lost economic growth. 

Despite the potential harm these regulations could have to the U.S. economy, ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today ignored the story altogether on their Wednesday morning broadcasts. CBS This Morning provided a 17 second news brief but failed to mention the economic harm associated with the agency’s action. 

From CBS This Morning co-anchor Charlie Rose: 

The Washington Post says the Environmental Protection Agency announces new proposals today to reduce ozone emissions. It calls for tougher standards on how much businesses and factories can release into the air. Ozone is a major cause of respiratory illness for millions of Americans.  

While Charlie Rose found time to highlight the Post’s story on the EPA, the CBS host failed to mention that the article also detailed the downside associated with these new regulations: 

From the Washington Post

Industry groups had waged a month-long campaign to dissuade the EPA from adopting a stricter standard. Industry-sponsored studies — some assuming much tougher ozone limits than those the EPA is said to be contemplating — estimated economic losses in the billions of dollars.

“This new ozone regulation threatens to be the most expensive ever imposed on industry in America,” said Jay Timmons, chief executive officer of the National Association of Manufacturers. He said the proposal, coming on top of other proposed EPA regulations on greenhouse gas emissions, could reverse recent economic gains by “placing massive new costs on manufacturers and closing off counties and states to new business.”

— Jeffrey Meyer is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. Follow Jeffrey Meyer on Twitter.