With the Republican presidential candidates holding a debate on the economy tonight, we're almost certain to hear more false and misleading information about the so-called "job-killing" EPA. But as the New York Times ediotiralized yesterday, the fundamental premise that environmental safeguards destroy jobs "is simply wrong."
Earlier this year, the Economic Policy Institute conducted a study of a proposed rule that would require power plants to reduce emissions of mercury and other airborne toxics. It said that investment in new controls would actually create 92,000 jobs beyond those that might be lost through plant closings and higher electricity prices. Other studies of clean air laws have come to similar conclusions: These rules are job creators, not killers.
But railing against the EPA is also bad politics -- even among Republican voters. Recent public opinion research by the Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies found that 71 percent of voters -- including a solid majority of Republican voters -- support the EPA "requiring reductions in carbon emissions from sources like power plants, cars and factories in an effort to reduce global warming pollution."
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