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Regulators Gone Wild: How the EPA is Ruining American Industry Hardcover – October 18, 2011
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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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regulators gone wild is a well written easy to read book about how the EPA did many good things in the begining to clean up the environment but it has gone too far and gotten out... Read morePublished on October 8, 2012 by Dean
Good thing Rich didn't take tensor analysis from me -- or statistics. I predict he would have failed miserably.
That old baloney is "figures don't lie but liars figure. Read more
Truspek tackles popular beliefs and assumptions regarding the deteriation of the environment as protrayed by the environmentalist, Obama EPA and the media from fact based real... Read morePublished on January 16, 2012 by Enviro Energy Bob
Rich Trzupek's has wasted his readers time and a large chunk of Carol Stream's (Illinois) local weekly magazine with Rupert Murdoch's talking points for the past several years. Read morePublished on December 31, 2011 by Randall L