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Environmental Extremists Wreaking Havoc on American Manufacturing, Farming and Mining, According to Article by Jon Utley at Reason.com

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Environmental extremists, using the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), are wreaking havoc on the American economy by shutting down industries and preventing new jobs from being created, according to a new article at Reason.com by Jon Basil Utley. In his op-ed, Job-Killing Environmentalists: How the EPA cripples the American economy," Utley, who is associate publisher of The American Conservative magazine, lists eight areas in which the EPA is killing jobs, including:

"Utley, who is associate publisher of The American Conservative magazine, lists eight areas in which the EPA is killing jobs, including"

  • Carbon Dioxide: The EPA's plans for reducing CO2, which accounts for .0387% of the earth's atmosphere, could cause the loss of a million jobs and raise each family's energy costs by $1,200+.
  • Factory Boilers: The stringent EPA limits on soot emissions from industrial factory boilers would cost $9.5 billion.
  • Home Remodeling: EPA is charging exorbitant fines of $37,000 per day for small contractors and repairmen who work in homes built before 1979 if they don't first comply with difficult, and very costly removal of old paint, which could be lead-based.
  • Ground Level Ozone: The EPA has draconian new anti-smog regulations which will cost manufacturing and utility companies millions of dollars per year.
  • The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR): Oil drilling could be forever prohibited by the Fish and Wildlife Service in most parts of the so-called wilderness in Alaska.
  • Alaska Oil: All off-shore drilling in Alaska's very shallow North coast has been halted indefinitely and thus potential vast oil fields - and the accompanying jobs - are on hold.
  • Cement Kiln Regulations: EPA's new cement kiln regs could shut down 18 plants, threaten 1,800 direct jobs and 9,000 indirect jobs, sending 28 million tons of cement production offshore, mainly to China.
  • Gulf of Mexico: Heavy-handed regulators have ruined small drilling companies in shallow waters in the Gulf through incessant delays and red tape; and cost America billions of dollars in lost oil production.
  • Rare Earth Minerals: China now has a monopoly on the supply of these minerals essential to numerous technologies, in large part because mining them in America has been shut down due to costly regulations.
Jon Basil Utley, a former Voice of America commentator and foreign correspondent in Latin America, has written widely about Alaskan oil. "It's time for Congress to investigate what the EPA and its reckless agenda is costing American workers, businesses, and taxpayers," Utley concludes. See entire article at http://reason.com/archives/2010/11/10/job-killing-environmentalists

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