Since the beginning of environmental regulation, business people have often opposed the laws. Businesses have sought to increase profits by not having to pay for the social costs they create through polluting. They have sought to eliminate this
burdensome cost by overturning regulatory legislation.
After the Second World War, the United States implemented some environmental regulations. The prosperity of the times made many people view the laws as acceptable.
In the following decades, the economy became weaker. As unemployment and price levels rose, some people in the United States became annoyed at the costs of environmental regulation.
Today, there are several objections to environmental regulation laws.
Opponents of these laws represent a diverse group of people from many political backgrounds.
Some people worry about the rights of private citizens being infringed upon by environmental legislation. They worry about losing private property to nature areas created by the government, and other similar issues.
Other people feel that the environmental laws have already been successful. They say that these laws are no longer necessary, and that it is time to end their enforcement.
Another group complains that environmental regulation is simply too costly. Many people oppose losing their jobs or having to pay increased taxes to support environmental protection laws.
For the most part, objections to environmental legislation basically come down to concerns about what saving the environment is costing us. Whether it is the government paying to preserve the environment, or firms paying to comply with regulatory laws, saving our environment costs money, and
not everyone is willing to pay.