Study: Governments More Likely to Break Environmental Law Than Private Firms (Like we need a study for this)

Study: Governments More Likely to Break Environmental Law Than Private Firms

Two professors of public policy conclude that governments are more likely to violate environmental regulations than private owners. “Publicly-owned facilities are more likely than similar privately-owned facilities to violate regulatory requirements under the CAA [Clean Air Act] and the SDWA [Safe Drinking Water Act],” as their recent study notes.

The study, based on the behavior of publicly and privately owned power plants, hospitals, and municipal water utilities, “also revealed a tendency for enforcement officials to impose less severe punishment on public agencies violating the CAA and SDWA, when compared to similarly noncompliant private firms.”

“[C]ompared with private firms, governments violate these laws significantly more frequently and are less likely to be penalized for violations,” the study, “When Governments Regulate Governments,” (published recently in the American Journal of Political Science) concluded.

“The study confirms many observations over the years that government agencies in general are often careless about obeying the law and following the government’s own regulations,” Myron Ebell, Director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Energy and Environment, tells Breitbart News.

The authors of the study, Associate Professor David Konisky of Indiana University and Associate Professor Manuel P. Teodoro of Texas A & M, offered this explanation for the behavior of these government scofflaws:

[G]overnment agencies and private firms often face different compliance costs, and … agencies have greater incentives than firms to appeal regulations through political channels. Simultaneously, the typical enforcement instruments that regulators use to influence firm behavior may be less effective against governments.

The authors ascribe the bad governmental behavior to different incentives, as opposed to the inherent human tendency to abuse unconstrained power.

Read more: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/10/14/study-government...

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...and does anybody find this surprising?  

Fair question. I do not. Wind farms kill many birds. Stopping the Keystone pipeline causes more CO2 due to leakage from trains and trucks more than a pipe would do. The California drought I think has to do with environmentalists as well as the BP oil spill. And then the EPA had two spills lately.

Government breaks many laws - US immigration laws, tax laws (Al Sharpton and more), lying and holding back info from Congress, private servers, Eric Holder killing 300 Mexicans in Fast and Furious, the VA group allegedly killing 1000 vets, sanctuary cities that now kill, IRS being used as a political toy, and much more.

I agree.

Good post.   And you're living this in your state, too, Gris!  That toxic spill in the Animas River is proof!

So true JG, they had a second spill at the Standard Mine by Crested Butte, smaller scale compared to the Gold King Mine/Animas. I'm just waiting to see what their hat trick is going to be.

It will only be a hat trick if it can't be covered up and the people find out about it! The government would have covered up the Animas spill, and the smaller one if they could have gotten away with it, dontcha think?

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