06 Sep '11, 6pm

Clean Air Regulations Generate Jobs, Economic Value, and Better Health

For months, the GOP leadership has been attacking the public health and environmental safeguards that protect Americans from pollution. Lately they have repackaged their assault on the environment and called it a jobs plan . Call it what you will, it still means the same thing: dirtier air and no jobs for the American people and a free pass for polluters. Our economy desperately needs a jumpstart, but you don’t get more jobs by making it easier to pollute. You get more asthma attacks, more sick days, and more premature deaths. The way to create jobs in America is to invest in innovation. More than 150,000 Americans are currently employed manufacturing hybrids, electric cars, and other clean vehicles—models that weren’t even available 10 years ago. The wind industry employs 75,000, and the entire clean energy sector grew nearly twice as fast as the overall economy between 2...

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