Published: Saturday, March 17 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
I fear that the DNews has jumped on a slippery slope of socialism! First you
called for responsible government regulation of fracking, and now you decry the
lack of state rules overseeing coal mine safety. Not only are you not
demonizing government, but you are actually admitting that we need strong safety
and environmental laws to protect our citizens. If the Deseret News insists on
being this reasonable, I'll have to go back to reading the Tribune!
"Mine owners have been able to deal with the federal Mine Safety and Health
Administration, or MSHA, by lobbying and stonewalling."Folks
howl against the regulators unless and until there is a problem. Then they ask
"where were the regulators?" Usually, the truthful answer is the
regulators were doing exactly what they had been told to do. Told by whom? By
the legislature and executive in whose ears industry whispered that regulators
were unnecessary and that they would take care of things just fine without the
need for govt. supervision.If you want govt. regulators to have
teeth, you have to live with the fact that sometimes they will bite. They will
close down your mine, your industrial facility, etc. This will put your
families temporarily out of work while they make sure things are right.When there is no accident or other problem found, folks will complain that the
shutdown was a waste of time and that the action was evidence of intrusive govt.
overreach.But you can't have it both ways. Either you have
effective regulators or you do not. We have to choose and then live (or not)
with the consequences.
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