25 Sep '11, 7am

TRAIN Wreck Bill Passes in the House | Politics | The Earth Times via @earthtimes

TRAIN Wreck Bill Passes in the House | Politics | The Earth Times via @earthtimes

A train wreck of a bill, the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation act, might better be named the Freedom to Pollute act. The bill, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, would require the EPA to consider the economic effects of its regulations on industries polluting the environment and block new regulations on air and mercury pollution from power plants. Proponents of the bill claim it will help to create much needed jobs. However, environmental advocates believe clean energy represents a more promising and sustainable source of jobs. Moreover, poor health due to poor air quality poses a threat to the economy, so even business wouldn't benefit from the TRAIN act. A February 2011 study by the Political Economy Research Institute of the University of Massachusetts shows that meeting the EPA's new clean air standards will create close to 300,000...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/politics/train-wreck-bill-passe...

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