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INSTITUTE INDEX: The myth of 'job-killing' regulations

Number of weeks straight last month that Republicans used their weekly radio address to attack government regulations for killing jobs: 3

Percent of people who lost their jobs in 2010 because of government regulation: 0.3

Percent who lost their jobs because of a drop in business demand: 25

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: more than 1,000

Number of full-time employees the plant then hired to monitor the scrubber: 40

Number of temporary jobs created by installing scrubbers at two PSE&G coal plants: 1,600

Number of permanent jobs the installation created: 24

Percent increase in boilermaker jobs from 1999 to 2001 alone due to Clean Air Act regulations: 35

Number of person-years of labor occupied over the past seven years to comply with just one Clean Air Act standard: 200,000

Rank of environmental spending among the most labor-intensive of all business expenditures: 1

Number of U.S. jobs directly supported by the environmental technologies industry, which has grown dramatically because of the Clean Air Act: 1,700,000

Trade surplus generated by U.S. environmental technology exports in 2008: $11,000,000,000

Rank of the U.S. among world leaders in the environmental technology industry: 1

(Click on figure to go to source. Photo of boilermakers from the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers website.)

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Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Regulations

In the 2011 Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulations (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=cost%20of%20regulation%202011&sou...) the principal findings are as follows:

• The estimated annual benefits of major Federal regulations reviewed by OMB from
October 1, 2000, to September 30, 2010, for which agencies estimated and monetized
both benefits and costs, are in the aggregate between $132 billion and $655 billion,
while the estimated annual costs are in the aggregate between $44 billion and $62
billion. These ranges reflect uncertainty in the benefits and costs of each rule at the
time that it was evaluated.

• Some rules are estimated to produce far higher net benefits than others. Moreover,
there is substantial variation across agencies in the total net benefits produced by
rules. For example, the air pollution rules from the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) produced 62 to 84 percent of the benefits and 46 to 53 percent of the costs.
Most rules have net benefits, but several rules have net costs, typically as a result of
statutory requirements.

Minimum net benefit of federal regulations is $70 billion dollars!

Deregulation kills people and it transfers cost from Big Business to the citizens of our nation. We do not need to deregulate our country. This is a red herring used by Big Business (through their media propaganda outlets such as Fox "news") during economic hard times to manipulate the public into giving up programs that were established by intelligent politicians of the past. The EPA was established by Republican President Richard Nixon in 1970 and its regulations keep thousands of people from dying in our country every year. This measurable and factual. When someone says we are over-regulated we should ask them exactly which regulation(s) they want to terminate and why and what the net health effect would be and what the added cost to the tax payer would be? If those questions can be satisfactorily answered then we can have an honest debate about relaxing regulation on a specific area of endeavor.

Additionally the Keystone XL pipeline is an export pipeline that will actually increase the cost of gasoline in the United States by siphoning away tar-sands crude currently being processed at Midwest refineries, which will be replaced with gasoline imported by Valero from Great Britain. Also according to the State Department Environmental Impact Statement (http://www.keystonepipeline-xl.state.gov/clientsite/keystonexl.nsf/03_KX...) only 5000 to 6000 direct jobs will be created. It should also be noted that while this report provided an estimate on the amount of greenhouse gas that would be produced by the Canadian tar sands excavation it did not draw conclusions with regard to the impact on climate change, which leading climate scientists have said would be catastrophic (http://www.columbia.edu/%7Ejeh1/mailings/2011/20110603_SilenceIsDeadly.pdf) The other factor not mentioned with regard to Keystone XL is that the pipeline must be in our national interests to receive a permit. If we ignore the climate change implications and focus solely on energy independence; why would we want to let the oil companies export our North American resources for their monetary gain so that it can be refined abroad and imported back at additional cost to us? This doesn't seem to be in our national interests. It would seem to make more sense to leave things as they are and let the tar sands crude be refined in the Midwestern refineries for sale in the United States.

A Job Is A Job Is A Job!

Funny, I've held corporate jobs, government jobs, non-profit jobs, and I've also been self-employed. Guess what? The checks are the same!

No one cares if their job is for the government or in the private sector. The salary puts food on the table and pays the doctor's bill and the kids' school bills. It helps the economy, regardless.

And saying that environmental regulations only create government jobs and "non-productive jobs" is stupid and uninformed. Clearly you are unaware of the thousands of small, independent businesses who are thriving by working in this sector. Two I've worked with in Nashville are Lightwave Solar and E3 Innovative. These are small businesses owned by sole propriertors, employing blue collar workers like electricians and roofers. These are not corporate behemoths like ExxonMobil who get the taxpayer to fund wars in the Middle East so they can pull the oil out of the ground.

Sorry, I know the death of a cherished right wing meme is hard for conservatives to stomach. Sadly, reality has a liberal bias.

Sue, you make some excellent

Sue, you make some excellent points but what you've failed to address is the number of small businesses that cannot enter a market due to excessive regulation. This is particularly true in pharmaceuticals and medical devices. FDA overregulation crushes a small business ability to compete with big Pharma. Many products aren't even researched because of this. Job creation relies on more than just existing businesses. One of the biggest problems with our current economic model is that we've lapsed into a service industry as opposed to manufacturer. New businesses are a major factor in job creation and federal regulation without a doubt effects these. Even President Obama said so in his address to the Wall Street Journal: http://eng.am/rhBbSW

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The trolls come out even when the entire piece is verifiable data with no commentary save for the headline.

Anyway thanks for putting the facts out there. This page will be useful as a reference.

regulations create jobs

Wow! I thought Keith Ellison was the only person dumb enough to make such a statement. Yeah, they create jobs, alright, government and non-productive jobs. Do you honestly believe the nonsense you are writing?

And I'm not against all regulation, far from it, but the regulations that effectively scraped the XL pipeline just killed 20,000 or more jobs, including some few that would occur due to regulations.

When one says regulation kills jobs, one is talking about the overall number of jobs, the difference between the number that would have been created without the regulation and the number that is actually created. No one is saying that no jobs would be created due to regulation. None of us believe environmentalists actually work for free. It's the net number produced that would be much less. Your common sense would allow you to deduce this if your head wasn't so far up organized labor's rear end.

Quality of Jobs Growth is important, my friend

As a response to the rude remarks made by J. Knight, don't Jobs/Health/Environment go together? If these three are not in concert what kinds of jobs do you want to grow?

Note these performance numbers from the EPA study claiming 1.7 Million jobs have been created by the Clean Air Act:

"In 1990 alone, EPA’s implementation of the Clean Air Act prevented an estimated 18 million child respiratory illnesses, 850,000 asthma attacks, 674,000 cases of chronic bronchitis, and 205,000 premature deaths.

"The EPA’s priority is safeguarding the health of the American people."

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