Gina McCarthy, the new administrator of the EPA, wants you to stop talking about “environmental regulations killing jobs.” Heaven forbid the people talk about reality with this administration. Just shut up!
Gina McCarthy, the recently confirmed Environmental Protection Agency administrator, said Tuesday during an address at Harvard Law School that she wants people to “stop talking about environmental regulations killing jobs.” Little wonder she wants to sweep that topic under the rug. The very next day it was reported that U.S. economic growth remained sluggish in the second quarter, increasing slightly to 1.7 percent from 1.1 percent in the first quarter. Labor costs increased 0.5 percent during the second quarter.
The economic recovery long ago promised by McCarthy’s boss in the Oval Office remains the most anemic one since the Great Depression. Four and five percent growth rates of the Reagan and Clinton recoveries in the 1980s and 1990s aren’t likely these days because the EPA regulatory onslaught under Obama is a major cause of stagnant economic activity since 2009. At least 205 coal-fired generators will soon close due to EPA regulations, with the loss of 17,000 jobs, according to an October 2012 report from the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. Then there are the jobs lost from stimulus-backed green energy failures like Solyndra, Abound Solar and Evergreen Energy.