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SPECIAL REPORT: Big Green regulations suffocate jobs, economic growth

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Mark Hemingway

Care to guess the fastest growing area of federal regulation?

More than 37,000 regulatory reviews were issued by federal agencies from 1981 to January 2005, according to reginfo.gov. Environmental agencies started 6,354 of them. Only agriculture sparked more regulatory activity.

It’s gotten even worse since then. Regulatory expert Angela Logomasini of the Competitive Enterprise Institute estimates that environmental regulations now make up 30 percent of all economically significant regulations submitted for review — more than any other issue.

Federal regulatory spending on environmental issues has increased an incredible 7,372 percent between 1960 and 2006.