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Republicans Call Environmental Regulations "Job Killers," the NYT Doesn't Know What They Think of Environmental Regulations

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Sunday, 04 September 2011 08:36

The NYT told readers that the Republican Party:

"regards environmental regulations as job killers and a brick wall to economic recovery."

Actually, the NYT has no idea how the Republican Party (presumably it means its leaders) views environmental regulations. It is entirely possible that most leaders are familiar with the research that shows that most environmental regulations have had little or no impact on jobs.

Republican leaders may also know that industry groups have a long history of making outlandish claims about job loss. (For example, the Clean Air Act was supposed to cost around 600,000 jobs. There was zero evidence of job loss after the bill was implemented.) Republicans may opt to echo such claims because they get campaign contributions from the affected industries and they know that the media will never hold them accountable for even the most absurd claims made on behalf of industry groups.

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The New York Times is a bankrupt institution
written by Scott ffolliott, September 04, 2011 9:58
The New York Times is a bankrupt institution that will do whatever it can do to survive. As Yogi Berra once said about a popular restaurant, "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded."
Hearing the NYT quoted, one shrugs
It seems that newspapers are available to sell us something, but it isn't news, is it?
Shouting from Bedlam
written by Scott ffolliott, September 04, 2011 10:04
Republicans are like dogs pissing on rugs.
Kill a Job Today, It's the American Way
written by izzatzo, September 04, 2011 10:48
Kill a Job Today, Regulate Work and Pay
Suppressed With Red Tape of Nay

It's Not the Sales, It's Not the Demand
It's Lack of Supply Side Stimulus

It Keeps Us Down and Drowns Our Will
To Produce All We Can From Within Us

Get a Grip Socialist Dips, Either Lead or Follow
But Don't Get in the Goddam Way

Lift Regulations As We Complete Fusion
Of Jobs and Wealth and Redistribution

Of the Most For the Least For We are the Beast
Of All Mankind's Emasculation


Stupid Liberals
When the environment is destroyed ...
written by John Puma, September 04, 2011 4:26
so are those who do jobs ... AND those who profit from them
...
written by S. D. Jeffries, September 05, 2011 9:32
Environmental regulations don't have to be job killers unless affected industries refuse to invest in their businesses to clean up their act. Instead of fighting laws that are passed for the protection of the health of human beings and other living things - like the planet - they could create jobs by making the required changes. Ramping up the development and use of green energy technologies will create far more jobs than it destroys, even while the transition to cleaner energy production is taking place.

This is the death-throes howls of the buggy whip industry all over again.

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