Posts tagged ‘Clean Air Act’

April 20, 2012

Reigning in the Speculators

Speculators have entered the conversation once more with President Obama’s proposal to police their manipulation of oil markets. Almost immediately his Republican opponents lambasted the effort as nothing more than a political ploy. Industry leaders stepped forward to warn consumers, with stricter regulations prices will rise. Who holds the reigns of truth here? Or does this all too familiar debate reinforce the need for a new approach?

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April 10, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Clean Air Helps the Economy

Environmental regulation doesn’t kill jobs; it creates them

In December, the Obama administration approved long-overdue environmental regulations requiring U.S. power plants to reduce emissions of mercury, arsenic, and other toxic metals. The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or air toxics rule, is expected to prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths a year and have many other health benefits. And yet conservative members of Congress oppose it.

Why? Because they say it will “kill jobs.” This is a familiar tactic for politicians opposed to any sort of regulation. Conservatives have been scarily disciplined in appending the job-killing label to all regulations, both old and new.

February 16, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Regulations Create Jobs, Too

Vilified on the campaign trail, government rules often create as many jobs as they kill.

When the Obama Administration announced tough new pollution regulations for power plants last year, the industry loudly protested. They say electricity prices will spike 12 percent, dozens of plants will close, and thousands of workers will lose their jobs. “This rule is the most extensive intervention into the power market and job market that EPA has ever attempted to implement,” says Scott Segal, a lobbyist at Bracewell & Giuliani, which represents the utility Southern Co. He argues the regulation will “undermine job creation in the United States.”

Tell that to Cal Lockert, the vice-president of Breen Energy Solutions, a Pittsburgh manufacturer of equipment that absorbs acid gases to keep them from spilling out of smokestacks. Lockert spends his days persuading power companies that he can help them bring some of their oldest, dirtiest plants in line with the federal requirements.
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January 4, 2012

Clean Air Act & the Anti-Regulation Movement – Part 2

Expanding on discussion started in Clean Air Act & the Anti-Regulation Movement Part 1 in which we compared past industry predictions of dire consequences of environmental regulation and the realities of their implementation. Industry consistently foresaw unsustainable cost increases and massive job losses resulting from the new regulations.  So do environmental regulations really kill jobs?

The simple answer is…”No”

November 4, 2011

The Forgotten 15: Job Creation through Deregulation

Illinois Rep. Bobby Schilling, in this past Republican weekly address, introduced into the current political lexicon, The Forgotten 15, a reference to 15 pieces of House legislation awaiting perusal in the Senate. Offered as a counter to the President’s criticism of the GOP’s inaction on his Jobs Bill, Schilling and other Republicans throughout the week, touted this legislation as job creation through deregulation.

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