House GOP Proposes Ending Environmental Regulation That Saves Up To 36,000 Lives Each Year

Media Matters’ Political Correction blog has a smart take on the recently-released GOP plan to repeal a slew of regulations they claim are holding back job creation. This week House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) sent a memo to House Republicans about their “Upcoming Jobs Agenda,” which is nothing more than a list of regulations they will try to block or repeal.

In particular Republicans are taking aim at environmental regulations that are essential to protecting public health through clean air, clean water, and limiting toxins. Political Correction pulls out this Environmental Protection Agency assessment of the impact of just one of the rules, the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, that Cantor wants to block. The American Public Health Association estimates that the rule “could save between 14,000 and 36,000 lives every year from averted heart attacks, strokes and respiratory illnesses.”

The kicker is, this so-called “Transport Rule” and new Utility MACT standards — another Cantor target — actually create jobs. The University of Massachusetts Political Economy Research Institute estimates that they could directly create nearly 638,000 jobs between 2010 and 2015 and indirectly contribute up to 1.5 million.