This thing, this mantra that the GOP has seized upon may do them well with their constituents. But let’s face it believing that environmental regulations are bad for business is the result of an incredibly wrong mindset. The planet is warming up and with almost 7 billion people wanting what little natural resources Earth has less to give, we are in deep ecological trouble. To state as a major platform that all these environmental regulations are killing jobs is like saying if you put guards in front of a bank there is less chance of someone robbing it.
Well, duh. You shouldn’t be robbing our environment of its ability to sustain our existence in the first place —even if it does has an immediate impact on the fossil fuel industry, which needs to step back from filling our atmosphere with greenhouse gases. But, there are many credible sources that say environmental regulations do not kill jobs. So, the GOP is wrong on both points:
Do Regulations Really Kill Jobs Overall? Not So Much - ProPublica “It’s become a mantra on Capitol Hill and a rallying cry for industry groups: Get rid of the job-killing regulations. In recent days, with nearly every one of the GOP presidential candidates repeating that refrain, the political echo chamber has grown even louder. Earlier this month, President Obama also asked the Environmental Protection Agency to back off more stringent ozone regulations, citing the "importance of reducing regulatory burdens" during trying economic times. But is the claim that regulation kills jobs true?” (September 21, 2011) ProPublicaWe are so not going to be a healthy sustainable species if we allow the kind of thinking that the only way we can survive to let the forces of Capitalism go unfettered and take away what little environmental regulations there are. Environmental regulations are our last barrier between all our wants and desires to keep things the way they are and being able to attain them.
“Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.” - Carl Sagan