11 Oct '11, 1pm

Coal ash regulation would create 28,000 jobs

Coal ash regulation would create 28,000 jobs

Regulating the coal industry would create jobs and protect human health. Photo: davipt This article originally appeared in Triple Crisis. Does environmental protection destroy jobs? That may be the strongest argument that the pro-pollution lobby has going for it. No one wants to endorse dirty air and water in so many words, but hey, we're just trying to save jobs at a time when millions are out of work. In one of the latest reincarnations of this idea, the electric utility industry claims [PDF] that regulating the disposal of coal ash could eliminate up to 316,000 jobs. Ever sensitive to industry's needs and wishes, Republicans in the House of Representatives have drafted a bill to ban federal regulation of coal ash, H.R. 2273 . It's expected to reach the floor of the House for a vote this week. Lobbyists supporting H.R. 2273 helpfully point out [PDF] that it will stop the...

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