Friday, March 01, 2013

Emissions Control Industry Makes Eloquent Case: Pollution Cleanup=Jobs, Economic Growth

As many of you know, we have been pressing for several years for the EPA to move ahead with new smog-fighting tools, including cleaner, lower-sulfur gasoline, and tougher emission standards for new cars. 

We have noted on numerous occasions that this cleanup strategy would really help the breathing public at negligible cost to consumers.

But I want to point out that some key industries have eloquently cited another benefit: the so-called "Tier 3" plan would also mean more jobs and economic growth.

Leaders from the emissions control industry met last week at the White House Office of Management and Budget, which is vetting the proposed Tier 3 rules.

I think their presentation is really worth highlighting.

They noted, for instance, that quite a few well-known companies are part of the emission-control industry, which employs scores of thousands of highly skilled workers. In addition, the industry has "driven substantial technology development, economic growth, job creation and exports."

They also cautioned that if the EPA proposal is delayed beyond early this month, that could delay further technology development, economic growth, job creation and export growth for a full year,

The pollution cleanup team also directly challenged the misleading propaganda distributed by the oil industry (which is trying to delay spending on gasoline cleanup).

They noted, for instance, that the oil industry's track record has been dead wrong in predicting the outcome of clean-fuel requirements.  (For example, the oil industry consultants predicted EPA clean-diesel standards would reduce supply and make the U.S. import more fuel; in fact, the U.S. now exports the cleaner diesel fuel.)

They further noted that the oil industry consultants have overstated cleanup costs in the case of the Tier 3 program.  On the contrary, the pollution control makers noted that the Tier 3 plan would stimulate economic growth, including 24,500 new jobs during the first three years of refinery upgrades.


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