Forgive me for doing this out of the original order, but some points will require more time and some less...so I'm doing it according to the chunks
of time I have available.
3. EPA’s burdensome regulations
Regulations promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency put a tremendous burden on businesses, making job creation more difficult. The
agency’s rules on air quality standards are curtailing energy produced from coal-fired electrical plants, causing a rise in electricity prices and
making scarce a major resource that is abundant in America.
I hate to say this...but REALLY?!?!
The Environmental Protection Agency's 'burdensome' regulations.
I guess if you aren't really worried about health...that is, your own, your families and your neighbor's...and/or if you don't really consider
having a healthy planet an indispensable foundation for existence (for whatever reason)
...and if the efforts that are sadly necessary to ensure
we don't make our home uninhabitable or poisonous NOW or in the FUTURE seem onerous because they cut into TODAY's profit margins...then
sure....'burdensome' might be a justified complaint.
On the other hand....do I really need to find some sort of link or reference to remind everyone of an immutable FACT?
Said fact being that WE ALL NEED TO BREATH AIR to live.
Dirty air may be better than no air at all...but clean air is the best choice for many reasons.
Even if that danged old profit thing keeps getting in the way...what good is it to be rich when you can't go anywhere without your oxygen
concentrator and it is nearly impossible to finish a sentence without going into a coughing fit...and you've never even smoked a single cigarette in
A healthy savings account is worthless if your lungs are crap. No amount of money, so far, can reverse COPD or other chronic respiratory illnesses.
While there is still clean air available on the mountaintops for those who can afford the real estate...it will not remain clean if pollution is still
being added to the dirtier air that the less fortunate have to breathe.
It may not matter so much now...but it is only a matter of time.
And that is JUST the air issue.
The EPA is compelled to issue regulations limiting or prohibiting short-sighted and profit-oriented abuse of the environment by corporations who
evidently do not think beyond the lines on their balance sheets...not because they want to make it hard to make a living or find a job but because of
things like what happened at Love Canal...and factories that disposed of leather tanning chemicals straight into the river...keeping dirt roads from
excessive dust by spraying them with carcinogenic compounds...the Valdez oil spill...and the worst yet and most recent...OH HOW SOON we FORGET...what
happened in April of 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico.
The reefs are irreparably damaged because of BP's oil spill...all those 'mysterious' mass animal deaths that happened the following winter were not
as mysterious as they'd like us to believe...crude oil poisoning, plain and simple...and then, tarballs again washing up after Hurricane Isaac...and
there is a current thread started here at ATS about a 'mysterious' oil sheen showing up in the same place in the last week or so.
The people that are in charge of these operations....that make decisions that have far-reaching potentially catastrophic effects for ALL life on this
planet...CAN NOT be TRUSTED to keep what is TRULY important as their priority...their priority is making as much money as possible...I do not care
what business they are in...if they are putting their own financial gain or even responsibility ahead of the life this planet supports, both animal
and vegetable...then they need close supervision.
They don't see anything wrong with burdening people that they will never know with things like cancer and chronic illness...making their lives either
tragically shortened or rendered pretty much devoid of the chance to live normally by robbing them of health and hope and their loved ones...merely
burdening them with regulations is actually generous and merciful.
The idea that it costs jobs is just a favorite excuse. How many people would choose a job over health?
Do you really think that people would choose to be employed at such cost?
MOREOVER...there are many long-established corporations in this country that are transforming their entire operations so that they no longer harm the
environment and even provide new benefits...WITHOUT laying anyone off or jacking up their prices or even anything detrimental to their long-term
profit margins...and there are new ones coming up all the time that are doing just as well.
The reason that jobs are sacrificed in other scenarios is because those making the financial decisions and/or receiving the profit involved...do not
want to spend any money to comply...and if they do, they lay off workers to preserve their profits.
You know this!