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Regulation Doesn’t Always Mean Over-Regulation

But That Doesn’t Seem To Register With The Trump Administration, Especially When It Comes To The Environment

The Trump Administration tried to sneak this by over the holiday weekend: a rollback on regulations on coal powered plants that release mercury and a range of toxic chemicals into the air as a by-product of what they do. The change proposed by acting EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler, a former lobbyist for the coal industry, says current rules aren’t cost-effective or even “necessary”. The new policy won’t go into effect right away, but could within a month or two. This is mainly to the benefit of the coal mining industry, and coal fired power plants, many of which have been shutting down for a lot of reasons. Now maybe they won’t.

  1. One of the most innovative things the Obama administration did was work out a comprehensive system for assessing the health benefits (or harm) to almost any changes to public policy they proposed. This had never really been considered before to such an extent, and had a huge impact on many of the decisions the Obama administration made. Trump’s folks say that’s a bunch of hooey, because there’s no way of determining ahead of time what those health costs will be, beyond some immediate, directly measurable results. In this case, the EPA says corporations will save $7.4 to $9.6-billion when it allows the increased pollution, but the direct cost to the public in terms of consequences to their health will only be $4 to $6-million. So the cost to business is completely lopsided vs. the cost of prevention for people who might get sick.

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