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Don’t buy the job-killing hype: Regulations create jobs, save lives

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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What’s the real cost of not investing in clean energy?

Climate inaction: Are the long-term costs worth the short-term savings?Your house might not burn down next year. So you could probably save money by cancelling your fire insurance. That's a "bargain" that few homeowners would accept. But it's the same deal that politicians have accepted for us, when it comes to insurance against climate change. They have rejected sensible investments in efficiency and clean energy, which would reduce carbon emissions, create green jobs, and jumpstart new technologies -- because they are too expensive. While your house might not burn down, your planet is starting to smolder. Extreme weather events are …

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Not to sound refund-ant ...

A climate policy for people and the environment

With a good climate policy, we could save money and our environment. Congress is off for its summer vacation, and once again, they left the Capitol without adopting a climate policy. Is it impossible to pass a bill that's good for both the earth's climate and the American taxpayer? Or did Congress just drop the ball again? The good news: A well-designed climate policy could slash greenhouse-gas emissions while putting money in the pockets of most Americans. The bad news: That's not the policy Congress has been debating. What would it look like to do climate policy the right way? …