02 Sep '11, 1am

If Congress Guts Even More Environmental Rules, How Many Jobs Will Be Gained?

The second unstated benefit of killing EPA off would be to defend the existing markets of of material and energy intensive corporations that can't, as a practical matter, relocate operations to Asia or the Middle East. I'm talking about the markets of mining and oil and gas companies, utilities, refineries, railroad and trucking firms, chemical plants, cement kilns, brick, tile, and glass production, and so on. Uncontrolled pollution is destiny US jobs that moved to Asia and South America will remain there. Unless China goes through a Cultural Revolution II, you can pretty much forget about bringing them back - wind turbine and solar panel factory jobs included. If we could , hypothetically, bring the lost jobs back, with or without environmental rules we would become more dependent upon fossil fuels and emit still more pollutants to air land and water. (We encouraged Chin...

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