Political Nutz

Observations on the pathetic state of American politics

Why Regulation is a GOOD Thing

I get so tired of the Republicons incessant harangue that environmental regulations “kill jobs.”  They would have us believe that if we just let companies pollute the water, foul the air and pocket more taxpayer dollars unemployment will go to zero and we’ll all be as wealthy as the average GOP Congressman.  However,

it turns out that sensible environmental regulations are actually good for business, as well as for the trees, fish and birds. Smart regulations create new jobs in industries that make pollution-control equipment or that provide environmental services. They encourage businesses to employ the most efficient equipment and methods. They help other industries to flourish that couldn’t otherwise, such as fishing, agriculture and tourism. They increase productivity by keeping workers alive and on the job. They benefit our children by keeping them free of poisons that can weaken their bodies and minds.
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