The recent clash over Tonawanda Coke’s emissions is a microcosm of what is driving U.S. manufacturers away.
We want a clean, safe environment so we pressure our government to create and enforce expensive pollution controls and work rules. The price of U.S. domestic products consequently goes up so we outsource our manufacturing to countries with no environmental standards who produce twice the pollution because it’s cheaper and more profitable to import.
Obviously we do not want to wear masks like they do in Shanghai and Beijing. There has to be a better alternative than turning ourselves into a helpless, importing, debtor nation.
The environment is everyone’s concern and we all want America to remain strong and independent with a healthy diversified economy.
Wouldn’t subsidizing U.S. industrial pollution controls be preferable to directing our multinational corporations to partnerships with overseas manufacturers, who are not subject to the same ethical or environmental standards we are?
Louis L. Boehm