21 Apr '11, 4am

Environmental regulation doesn't kill jobs. Protecting public health creates jobs and saves lives

Environmental regulation doesn't kill jobs. Protecting public health creates jobs and saves lives

Looking at four of the most heavily regulated industries (pulp and paper, refining, iron and steel, and plastic), Morgenstern et al. (2002, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management ) estimated a net increase in employment of 1.5 jobs per $1 million in environmental spending over alternative expenditures. Bezdek et al. (2008, Journal of Environmental Management ) also found a net employment gain from environmental spending, noting that “environmental protection has grown rapidly to become a major sales-generating, job-creating industry--$300 billion/year and 5 million [direct and indirect] jobs in 2003.” These jobs are shared widely across many states, and often located in the same highly industrialized regions where unemployment is particularly high. Jobs created span a wide spectrum of wage earners: factory workers, engineers, computer analysts, accountants, cler...

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