Friday, June 17, 2011
EPA Job creation
I have a large group of patients that I take care of to the best of my ability who have lost their jobs and insurance. Most have had cancer, some chronic conditions. I had one come in today. He was both happy and sad because he now had a great paying job and good insurance but it was temporary. He is an Iron worker. He explained that suddenly he and his collegues have more work than they know what to do with. They are taking apart factories that had shut down hoping for the economy to improve. Apparently there is some new EPA regualtions that will make it very costly in the future to dismantle factories so any factory that thinks it may not be able to reopen in the future is in a rush to tear it down. In my patients case it has created jobs cutting up the steel and breaking up the boilers into scrap that is then shipped to China. Of course, all the jobs that the factory had were lost, and now the whole factory is lost and can not be re-opened, temporary jobs were created because the EPA regs, but once the factory is gone, so will the jobs.