Cleaning The Air And Job Loss: By The Numbers
The first claim from those who oppose cleaning up our environment is that it costs “jobs.” EPA recently put out a report on the issue and concludes the following:
EPA’s paper contradicts the widespread notion that pollution abatement costs are a huge burden on manufacturing. Citing surveys of manufacturers, the paper reports abatement costs are less than one percent of total manufacturing costs and that these costs consistently represent less than 0.3 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (a measure of the nation’s overall economic activity).
These costs are the costs of all EPA clean air regulations. While 0.3 of GDP is nothing to sneeze at, keep in mind that these very same regulations have saved and continue to save tens of thousands of lives. Can we find a few examples of EPA rules that cost jobs and did little to improve public health? Almost certainly. But on balance, the regulations issued under the Clean Air Act have been extremely cost effective. The next time you hear a claim of job loss, ask how many jobs and how many lives saved.Click here for reuse options!
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