“Environment Versus Economy” Myth

The environment is not an issue of the Democratic Party alone, but enjoys broad bi-partisan support.

Republicans for Environmental Protection have stated the following: http://www.rep.org/AboutREP/philosophy.html

  • We are Republicans. We share a deep concern for the environment.
  • We know that a healthy environment and a sound economy are both essential to our nation’s prosperity.
  • We believe that by working together, we can preserve both our environment and our economy for current and future generations of Americans.

We Want:

  • Clean air and water
  • Food free from harmful chemicals
  • Clean, efficient businesses & industries
  • A high quality of life in our cities & rural communities
  • Strong, results-oriented enforcement of environmental laws
  • Economic development for communities without the ravages of sprawl
  • High priority for funding of natural resource stewardship & environmental protection
  • Protection for posterity of our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, wild lands & waters
  • Effective legal protection for threatened & endangered plants & animals in their native habitats

 Market-Based Environmental Policies

Unfettered markets originating in the Industrial Revolution and continuing through modern times have been responsible for a wide array of environmental problems that impose numerous direct and indirect health and economic costs upon citizens.  Pollution, resource depletion and other costly environmental damage have occurred as a result of expediency, subsidies, information gaps, and other distortions that cause market failures. Carefully designed public policies can correct such failures, enabling markets to work more effectively and delivering tangible gains in environmental quality at the lowest practical cost. (See http://www.rep.org/policy/market-based.html)

John R.E. Bliese, Ph.D.

“We can’t afford any more environmental protection, because it will hurt the economy.”  Renowned economist  Dr. John R. E. Bliese, in a published article posted at the “Republicans for Environmental Protection” website says that:  How many times have you heard that line?  Probably every time any new standards were proposed to clean up our air or water and protect our health.  And every time we try to preserve some rare plant or animal we have pushed to the brink of extinction, it’s “owls (or whatever) versus jobs.

These arguments are the most common ones we face in trying to protect the earth.  Politicians spout them freely, and so do business groups and radio talk show entertainers. There is only one problem with these assertions: They are simply not true!

There have been dozens of well-designed studies by economists who have tested these claims, and the results are clear: environmental protection normally has no negative impact on the economy overall, and sometimes it has a positive effect.”

Taken from the work of John R.E. Bliese, Ph.D.,
See http://www.csub.edu/~dgermano/Bleise.pdf

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