The Law Of Unintended Consequences In Job Losses And Pollution

This story is based on an article by Ed Morrissey posted at Hot Air yesterday.  It’s not really news that the standards desired by the extreme elements of the environmental movement on greenhouse gas emissions will seriously hurt American industry, but did you know that stricter standards here will actually increase world-wide emissions.  Huh?  Yes, you read that right.  Let me explain.

The article at Hot Air starts out by explaining that the minority on the the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) is not the only group that fears the loss of nearly a million jobs from new EPA rules on greenhouse gases and other emissions issues.  The EPW was expected to release a report yesterday detailing the economic damage that an activist EPA will do to the American economy.

The article lists the jobs that will be lost and states that factories and other facilities will have to close when their boilers do not meet the new standard.  Jobs will be lost in those factories and in thier supply chains, putting financial strain on the communities where these plants are located.

The article concludes:

“Again, no facility in the US meets the standards proposed by the EPA.  Imposition of these standards would at least temporarily close almost 20 percent of all American cement producers and reduce long-term cement production from 8-15%.  The cement that will be needed for construction demand will have to be imported, primarily from China, which is expanding their cement production using environmental standards significantly below current American standards.  In other words, we can expect more pollution, not less — just outsourced along with the jobs in the industry.”

We need to elect a Congress that will move toward environmentalism in a balanced manner.  It does not do anyone any good for America to lose jobs in order to cut greenhouse gas emissions and then directly contribute to an increase in greenhouse gases elsewhere.

Anyone who supports a Democrat in the upcoming November election is voting for Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to do more of the same.  Even if you elect a conservative Democrat, if he votes for Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid as leaders, nothing will change.