Friday, October 21, 2011

Mitt Romney is a Hypocrite

Back in 2003, Governor Mitt Romney fought to impose pollution controls on a Massachusetts coal-fired plant that was threatening the health of the surrounding population, even if it meant that the plant would close and jobs would be lost. Here is what the "radical environmentalist" Romney said at the time:
I will not create jobs or hold jobs that kill people. And that plant kills people and PG&E has been given a notice to have it cleaned up by 2004 and they have thumbed their nose at the people of Massachusetts and Salem Harbor by not cleaning it up on time. So we’re saying, clean it up on time, do the job in the community, invest in cleaning technology.
Got that? "I will not create jobs or hold jobs that kill people."

This sounds a little different from the Mitt Romney who has eagerly joined in the Republican frenzy to handcuff or even kill the EPA and weaken the environmental regulations that prevent the pollution of our air and water, pretending that such deregulation will result in jobs creation.

As Paul Krugman has pointed out, deregulation will not help with our jobs crisis. It will only make us "poorer and sicker."

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