California Environmental Policies

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Subject: California’s Environmental Policies and the Business Climate

Here in California, we are constantly creating ever-more-rigorous environmental regulation. As politicians continue to push these environmental regulations forward, one question arises: Is this kind of regulation a drag on our economy, or is it the basis for our emerging green economy and the foundation for a greener future? Although environmental policies in California promote a healthier lifestyle, they are hurtful to the business climate.

Over the past few decades, regulation has transformed the California economy in many ways, but it is starting to become clearer that many of those changes are not positive. These environmental policies are hurtful to the business climate in a number of ways. Some of these ways are:

1) Policies created put restraints on businesses causing a lack of jobs in California
2) Economic resources misappropriated on environmental policies
3) Restraints of environmental policies are negatively affecting the agricultural industry

More Policies Equals Less Jobs

In recent years, there have been more and more policies being imposed on businesses in California. Sure, air pollution regulations have cleaned up the air, but they have done so partly by driving the “dirty” industries out of California and into Nevada, Arizona, and Texas. The air is cleaner here, but it is not clear that this has had a net benefit either to California’s economy or the world’s environment.

A Better Way of Spending

The California State Assembly has spent millions of dollars California does not have on trying to improve the environment. However, it is still not very clear whether the environment has actually been improved. For example, the Malibu City Council recently approved the spending of 15 million dollars on restoring the Malibu lagoon. If they allocated even half of that…...

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