Contrary to conventional wisdom, environmental regulation often creates jobs.Image: truthout.orgWhat's good for job growth, good for the environment, and good for public health? No, it's not a trick question, but it is a reassessment of what passes for conventional wisdom in Washington, D.C., these days. The answer is the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and other enormously popular environmental regulations enacted in the 1960s, '70s, and '80s with strong bipartisan support. Let's start with the conventional wisdom. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) recently called for the repeal of 10 "job-destroying" regulations, calling them "costly bureaucratic handcuffs that …
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Elizabeth A. Stanton is a senior economist with the Stockholm Environment Institute-U.S. Center, and is a member of the Climate Task Force of Economics for Equity and the Environment, a project of Ecotrust.
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