Aw. Looook. Someone is listening whole heartedly to a news article and expecting the unobstructed truth to be shown. It's kind of cute actually.
I'm not personally taking up for Obama, but go look at the smog standards, go look at what the new proposed smog standards were going to be, and then do the math: Millions of dollars would be spent to reform current industries, build new less polluting ones, as well as, if I recall correctly, some new air monitoring devices... All that would hopefully clean the air by.. What.. 4%? a change that would absolutely have no noticeable affect on anyone's health while at the same time putting us more in debt.
People complain the country has no money, and then turn around and complain we aren't spending any. Sure, I know, we should have spent the money on more positive things when weren't in high debt and blah blah blah, but that's in the past and can't be changed.