Obama: EPA Regulations Create Jobs; 'EPA Touches on the Lives of Every Single American Every Single Day'

January 11, 2012 - 2:48 PM

Barack Obama, Lisa Jackson

President Barack Obama with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(CNSNews.com) - In a speech to employees of the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, President Barack Obama said that EPA regulations are good for the economy and create jobs and that the agency "touches" the lives of every American every day.

“We can make sure that we are doing right by our environment and, in fact, putting people back to work all across America,” Obama told the federal workers.

“When we put in place new common-sense rules to reduce air pollution, we create new jobs building and installing all sorts of pollution-control technology,” Obama said.

“When we put in place new emissions standards for our vehicles, we make sure that the cars of tomorrow are going to be built right here in the United States of America, that we’re going to win that race,” the president continued.

“When we clean up our nation’s waterways, we generate more tourists for our local communities.  So what’s good for the environment can also be good for our economy,” Obama said.

The president spoke to the EPA employees at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorim in Washington, D.C., to thank them for their work—which he said “touches the lives” of all Americans every day.

“The main reason I’m here is simple:  I just want to say thank you,” Obama said. “I want to say thank you to each and every one of you, because the EPA touches on the lives of every single American every single day.”