By James Lardner. Posted on ReMapping Debate. January 25, 2011.
"Job-killing regulations? Opponents fail to support claims with evidence" investigates the right-wing’s persistent use of “job killer” rhetoric to describe anything they don’t like.
Environmental legislation is often the target, and the examples used here are entirely from that subject area. Lardner has done a lot of original reporting, including an interview with Eban Goodstein, an economist well-versed in these subjects. Goodstein says “The dollar costs of environmental regulation…have typically been too small — no more than about 2 percent of overall production costs — to cause a company to consider relocating to a foreign country.” These anti-regulatory attacks never consider the job-producing effects of regulation either. Although the author interviews many anti-regulation Republicans, not a single one can name an instance of a previous environmental regulation or law that killed jobs.