We often hear the pundits touting that new regulations and safer chemicals will kill jobs and undermine our already struggling economy. And yet, businesses making change are thriving. Check out the recent Forbes article, quoting Construction Specialties General Manager, Howard Wilson as he addresses green chemistry:
"'I’m a conservative Republican and in environmental circles it’s almost like who let you in the door?' Williams says. 'But safe chemistry is not a political issue, it’s a people issue.
And when I talk about this stuff with my equally conservative friends they say, you’re right, we need to do better. We’ve all been touched by cancer, or infertility issues, or asthma—all of these issues seem to be on the rise, and I don’t think it’s because we’re devolving, I think it’s because something has happened. Even if the science out there about these chemicals is 50 percent wrong or even 75 percent wrong, which I don’t think it is, it still makes sense be on the safe side.'" (Read the whole article)
Last week's article in Businessweek looks at common misunderstandings about environmental regulations:
"Supporters and opponents of the EPA’s new power plant rules agree that they will almost certainly result in dozens of coal plants shutting down and hundreds of workers being laid off. But that’s not the whole picture. Government employment figures also show that those same regulations usually wind up creating about as many jobs as they kill." (Read the whole article)