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.