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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594035261
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594035265
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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This easy readable book should be a must read for all 2012 voters!!
Gordon
Federal and state regulators have run wild -- exercising power foolishly out of otherwise good intentions or wielding it as a weapon to harm perceived enemies.
Troy Hinrichs
Rich does an exceptional job in presenting the facts behind a truly challenging situation for today's economic climate.
Daniel Neu

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kristen on October 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have always been a big environmental activist. I heard about this book and had a hard time believing the stories were accurate. Last week I saw a story from the Associated Press that the EPA was considering making a regulation to limit the amount of dust released by farmers and decided to read this book, research the stories in the book, and give a review on here that didnt make the EPA look ridiculous. I guess I was hoping at least that the stories werent true and the agency responsible for protecting the environment was doing so - not hurting people in the process...or, even the environment in the end.

I was surprised that after reading the book and researching the examples that I couldnt find a way to disprove them. Dont get me wrong, I am not trying to say this author is a liar or something, just hoped that people in the EPA were using common sense and was hoping this author was lying. I hope the people that put some of these regulations into place that dont make sense (but seem to make the EPA an awful lot of money) will go to an actual environmental rally and start doing that again. I will still always be a big supporter of the environment, but am not such a big supporter of the EPA anymore.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Troy Hinrichs on October 16, 2011
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Richard Trzupek's new book, Regulators Gone Wild, is timely and eye opening. Trzupek writes with an authority that only one who works on environmental regulations (Trzupek's day job) can. While one can glean from both the publisher and the thesis of the book that Trzupek leans right in his politics he has plenty of ammo for both sides of the political aisle when it comes to ridiculous and overwhelming regulations.

In addition, it is clear that Trzupek understands and recognizes the need for regulation. This book is no empty-headed call to abolish all environmental regulation. It's a call for a return to normal -- reasonable -- regulation of industry. It's all in the title. Federal and state regulators have run wild -- exercising power foolishly out of otherwise good intentions or wielding it as a weapon to harm perceived enemies. Knowing and proving concepts are different things. Many of us have an idea that byzantine government regulations stifle business, eat profits, and limit creativity. Don't be content with merely knowing that... reading Trzupek's book will arm you with examples to make the case to friends, family and colleagues.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gordon on October 25, 2011
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This is a great read...it highlights how restricting the regulations in the US are. The title "Regulations Gone Wild" understates the currant state of regulations, I would have gone for somthing like "Stupid, cumberson and very costly government oversight" or "Big Brother is watching". This easy readable book should be a must read for all 2012 voters!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Neu on October 19, 2011
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Rich does an exceptional job in presenting the facts behind a truly challenging situation for today's economic climate. While not as long as some books on the subject, Rich's ability to explain complex issues in clear, concise language makes this piece an invaluable asset to anyone seeking to educate themselves regarding the history of the EPA, it's past actions and it's present goals.

The viewpoints presented in this book are generally opposed to over regulation but at no point does Rich come to any conclusion, make any claim, or propose any theories without first providing a well organized and logical set of reasons explaining his views. While I may not agree with every conclusion in the book, I cannot in any way find fault with Rich's methods of research and his arguments are sound providing a look at both sides of the issue.

Great book and at a great value I would recommend it to everyone.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jay Lehr on November 23, 2011
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When Richard Trzupek asked me to write the foreword to Regulators Gone Wild, little did he know the personal guilt I feel for aiding and abetting the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Forty years ago there was a pressing need for an organization to gather environmental data and distribute it to the states and the public. EPA filled that role beautifully, raising the nation's environmental awareness. Unfortunately, the agency asserted incrementally more power and has unnecessarily strangled innovation and economic output with overly burdensome, often unjustified environmental regulations.

EPA has become one of the biggest obstacles to economic growth and job creation in the United States, and Trzupek explains exactly how this came to be.

Changing Motives, Moving Goalposts
Forty years ago environmental regulation was about protecting and preserving nature, but for at least the past decade it has become something very different, Trzupek notes. Modern environmental regulation is a game that has little or nothing to do with preserving our resources. We have largely cleaned up the developed world, transforming the average American and most business persons into environmentally concerned citizens in the process.

This was once the goal of the Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the like, but that is not the case today. The transformation in corporate ethics and improvement in environmental quality no longer seem to matter to these groups. They demand more and more action and create more and more crises in order to raise funds, either by creating fear where none should exist or by shamelessly exploiting real human tragedies like the summer 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
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