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Pollution Control: Costs and Benefits

By deTocqueville

The root words for ecology and economy share the same meaning, they both

mean "home regulation". Critics have said that the economy will grow much faster

without concerns of polluting the environment. When people began to preserve

and clean the environment we live in, they faced many problems such as brown-

outs, increased inflation, more unemployment, and other economic setbacks. Thus,

the economy and environment were handled separately with respect to the other.

Of course, this upset many people and gave them a sense of insecurity in their jobs.

Some said that the United States of America could not afford to preserve the

environment and progress economically at the same time.

In very recent times, those same critics have changed their stand and now

believe that preserving and cleaning the environment while progressing

economically are achieved mutually. Government programs, the private sector,

and employees have produced a balance in the two economies through greater

morale and new business.

With the increased "environmental awareness," many new businesses have

been established based on pollution control. They regulate the standards on

pollution output and help to assure that businesses play by the rules. With the

reduction of pollution, we have seen many positive benefits for life in general. No

one really knows if the years before 1970, when pollution ran free, were insignificant

to today; however, those years do reflect very large economic drains.

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