The “guidelines” were EPA Clean Air Guidelines that among other things would phase out coal fired power plants as coal was then the dirtiest fuel being used. The objections to these guidelines were the same as those that had been made for every other air quality or energy efficiency guidline that the Obama administration issued. They were also the exact same objections to all the guidelines issued by the Clinton Administration. And the same same arguments were made to oppose the original creation of the Enviornmental Protection Administrtion (EPA) by President Nixon’s Executive order on December 2, 1970. The economy has never been “crushed” but there is no way of knowing whether or not there would have been more jobs created if the Agency had not been created.