Air regulations can benefit business

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 - 10:10 am

Re "Government worsens rich-poor gap" (Viewpoints, Dec. 12): Politicians pass legislation to curtail air pollution. Good. The state Air Resources Board develops implementing regulations. Good again. But the rules raise costs to the polluters, perhaps causing reduced profits and/or higher, marginally less competitive prices. The rules may even reduce production and labor. Yes, pollution regulations might result in job losses in the polluting industry. Another good. Unregulated, these industries were producing too much of their product because one of their inputs, air pollution, was free. This presents the affected industries with government-directed opportunities to redirect their resources into more profitable endeavors. Wouldn't it be another good if politicians such as Dan Logue would urge his constituent farmers and small businesses, who are subject to diesel regulations, to understand that air pollution regulations are not a barrier to prosperity but opportunities to run their industries properly.

-- Darryl Johnson, Granite Bay

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