New environmental regulations don’t kill jobs – THEY CREATE JOBS...

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Put aside the Republican talking points – new environmental regulations don’t kill jobs – THEY CREATE JOBS.  Based on a study out of the University of Massachusetts – at least 250,000 new jobs could be created by passing new EPA regulations to force industries to clean up what they’re spewing into the air.  As the CEO of American Electric Power- Mike Morris – noted, “We have to hire plumbers, electricians, painters, folks who do that kind of work when you retrofit a plant. Jobs are created in the process — no question about that.” 

All around the country – there are stories of factories having to employ more people to build scrubbers – and install other, cleaner energy devices to comply with EPA regulations.  In fact – since the EPA was created in the 1970’s – carbon emissions in America have gone down 63% - while our GDP has tripled! 

Plain and simple – environmental regulations are better for our health and our economy – although they do mean less profit for corporate CEOs – which is why Republicans hate them.

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elgiabo
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No one is questioning good

No one is questioning good environmental laws.  What people are against is environmental legislation written by Globalists designed to shut American businesses down, forcing them to move to India and China where they are non-existent as a further attempt to de-industrialize America.

Like Obama wanting to shut down the coal industry.  Unless he plans on giving Joe Newman a patent on his Newman Generator America needs the energy benefits from coal fired plants.

DRC
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It is only maintaining the

It is only maintaining the coal economy that makes it "expensive" to divert the support to green sources.  Yes, we would have to have a government installation for solar rather than waiting for "the market."  We will pick green winners over polluting losers, and we will put our money on the deal.  We will be using the "energy benefits" from coal fired plants for too long anyway.

Laborisgood
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elgiabo wrote: No one is

elgiabo wrote:

No one is questioning good environmental laws.  What people are against is environmental legislation written by Globalists designed to shut American businesses down, forcing them to move to India and China where they are non-existent as a further attempt to de-industrialize America.

The only significant American business that gets hurt is the coal business itself.  If legislation is designed to transition from coal to renewables, then it may hurt one business (coal) while it helps others (renewables).  American businesses are not moving to China and India for their coal plants, the coal plants are being built to accomodate American businesses that choose to relocate to China and India for many other reasons.  Anybody who says we can't re-industrialize America around renewable energy must be in the coal business.  Industry requires energy, but industry does not require coal.  It's merely convenient due to the over 1400 existing coal plants and ample supply of coal.  All we need is a forward thinking plan that will gradually take away a small market share from the coal business each year over the coming decades.  Nobody loses anything except the coal people, but they too can plan for the future during a gradual changeover.  It's not rocket science, it's common sense.