We need a balance between the environment and business. We need to establish that, for the most part, the current environment is clean enough. No new regulations need to be passed to improve the air or water quality. There is no need to shut down coal fired utilities or to put farmers out of business because they are creating a dust hazard. There is no need to pass “cap and tax” regulations.
Businesses will still be required to comply with environmental regulations because we all want clean air and water. However, any current regulations which are deemed unnecessary or duplicates will be modified or eliminated.
Another issue with the environment is “green energy”. While everyone should be encouraged to produce “green energy” the utility companies should not be required to purchase it unless it can be proven that the amount charged to the utility company is less than the variable cost of producing the product.
For example, let’s assume that the utility’s costs are as follows:
Variable Labor $ .10 per kilowatt hour
Coal Costs $ .25 per kilowatt hour
Total Variable Costs $ .35 per kilowatt hour
If the utility must pay more than $ .35 per kilowatt hour for “green energy” then it will have to pass this cost on to the consumer. This results in the consumer paying extra for the “green energy”. Windmills and solar power are great ideas. However, the consumer should not be required to pay extra for these sources of power.
If the government wants to reduce the amount of trash in landfills it should allow garbage companies to charge customers based on the weight of their trash. In order to do this they would have to liberalize the calibration of scales on garbage trucks. Nothing reduces waste faster than increasing the cost to the consumer. Another way to reduce waste would be to require most consumer products to be packaged in containers that can be recycled. Each of these containers would have a five or ten cent fee added to it which could be redeemed when the container was returned. These could even be picked up by the garbage company and they could apply the credit to your bill.
The government would never be permitted to require oil companies to blend fuel with our food supply. Currently, the government requires oil companies to add 10% ethanol (which is made from corn) to all gasoline. Ethanol reduces engine performance, reduces fuel economy and is harmful to engines. Not only does this cost consumers more money but it increases the cost of all food products, including meat, that use corn.