Counter to the Republican talking point, regulations create jobs

Despite the way Republicans have pounded the phrase “job-killing regulations” into the public consciousness, “job-creating regulations” would be more accurate, as Farron Cousins details at DeSmogBlog:

A new report by Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) delivers the latest blow to this popular talking point, demonstrating a direct correlation between environmental regulations and job growth. NESCAUM looked at the Northeast and found that by enacting stricter fuel economy standards and pursuing cleaner forms of energy, more Americans would be put back to work.

From the NESCAUM study:

Employment increases by 9,490 to 50,700 jobs.

Gross regional product, a measure of the states’ economic output, increases by 2.1 billion to 4.9 billion.

Household disposable income increases by 1 billion to 3.3 billion.

Gasoline and diesel demand drops 12 to 29 percent.

Carbon pollution from transportation is cut by 5 to 9 percent.

And this is just for eleven states in the Northeast.  A similar trend has been verified in California, where the standards set forth by NESCAUM are already in place.

(Read the full story by Laura Clawson at Daily Kos)

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