By the numbers: The myth of ‘job-killing’ regulations
This post originally appeared at Facing South.
3 — Number of weeks straight last month that Republicans used their weekly radio address to attack government regulations for killing jobs
0.3 — Percent of people who lost their jobs in 2010 because of government regulation
25 — Percent who lost their jobs because of a drop in business demand
More than 1,000 — Number of temporary workers hired by energy giant AEP to build a pollution scrubber for one of its coal-fired power plants in order to meet Clean Air Act regulations
40 — Number of full-time employees the plant then hired to monitor the scrubber
1,600 — Number of temporary jobs created by installing scrubbers at two PSE&G coal plants
24 — Number of permanent jobs the installation created
35 — Percent increase in boilermaker jobs from 1999 to 2001 alone due to Clean Air Act regulations
200,000 — Number of person-years of labor occupied over the past seven years to comply with just one Clean Air Act standard
1 — Rank of environmental spending among the most labor-intensive of all business expenditures
1.7 million — Number of U.S. jobs directly supported by the environmental technologies industry, which has grown dramatically because of the Clean Air Act
$11 billion — Trade surplus generated by U.S. environmental technology exports in 2008
1 — Rank of the U.S. among world leaders in the environmental technology industry
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