On a very ‘special’ episode of the Fox News program Stossel called “What you think you know … may not be so,” host John Stossel debunks ‘myths’ like the environment still needs protecting.
“It’s great that the government has cleaned up the air and water but now that they’ve accomplished that do they then say ‘Okay, we’ve done most of the good we can do’ and shrink?” asks Stossel. “No, government never does that. They always want to do more and that upsets one medical doctor. He says the EPA now kills people. This Doctor also happens to be a senator, Senator John Barrasso from Wyoming.”
Sen Barrasso, Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, has released a report entitled “Red Tape Making Americans Sick,” which blames extreme regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for high unemployment that leads to anxiety, heart disease, stroke, cancer, suicide, and even domestic violence!
“We’re now at a point where to get a very small improvement is very expensive in terms of actual dollars in the production energy as well as in the health of people that are out of work,” said Barrasso.
The Senator notes that this administration has enacted over 1,300 regulations each at a cost of over $100 million to business.
“The benefits of avoiding early death, preventing heart attacks and asthma attacks, and reducing the number of sick days for employees far exceed costs of implementing clean air protections,” insists EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. “These benefits lead to a more productive workforce, and enable consumers and businesses to spend less on health care — all of which help strengthen the economy.”
A 2011 study by the EPA found that by 2020 the Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) will save $2 trillion and 230,000 lives annually.
Sen Barrasso says the real benefits are unknown and accuses the EPA of “cooking the books.”
What is known is that idea of environmentalists going around killing people is hilarious as demonstrated by the seemingly prophetic Robot Chicken episode “1987” in which Ted Turner dresses up as Captain Planet and kills polluters with extreme prejudice.