If Paul Revere Were Alive Today by American_Solutions
EPA: We Don't Care If We Kill Jobs
By Steve Everley on April 15, 2011
The Energy Tax The Environmental Protection Agency likes to claim that its regulations all come with astronomically high benefits and outrageously low costs. The EPA's latest analysis of the Clean Air Act, for example, shows benefits of $2 trillion for a cost of only $65 billion. That's an incredible cost-benefit ratio, but is it possible that the EPA puts its finger on the scales by suppressing some of the costs?
As it turns out, the EPA likes to ignore a big factor when it analyzes its own regulations: how many jobs they will kill. EPA assistant administrator Mathy Stanislaus admitted as much at a hearing yesterday on Capitol Hill when he said, in response to a question about whether the EPA looks at the impact its regulations have on jobs, "We have not directly taken a look at jobs."