Essentially the same thing Al Gore said.

(E2 Wire) — Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said Thursday that President Obama’s decision to scuttle upcoming ozone pollution standards was a mistake “substantively and politically.”

“It was very discouraging to their environmental base, they didn’t really have a good rationale for it,” Waxman told The Hill’s E2 in the Capitol. “It just seemed that they were just bowing to a lot of pressure, and I don’t think that’s the way they ought to be,” Waxman is the top Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee and a key ally of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

The criticism from Waxman, who has crafted major environmental laws, reveals the extent to which Obama’s decision has stung his allies on the left.

Obama stunned environmentalists last week when he shelved EPA plans to toughen 2008 ozone standards.