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People dearly want a lasting supply of clean air and water. The answer is pollution control.
As more people make and use more stuff, pollution sources grow to need more controls. The controls add jobs in the pollution controls industry. The bonus is more of the clean air and water people want.
In mid-October, a black headline glared from the Albuquerque Journal. It read: “Jackpot in the Oil Patch - State Rules Helped Politically Connected Players.”
The front-page report hit on the eternal thought that campaign money might sway things. If it might, new money that sways towards the middle is a step forward.
The oil-patch piece spoke of the “Pit Rule.” The rule requires new pollution controls to be used for the salty, oily drilling wastes from oilfields.
The rule grew from more than a year of statewide meetings and negotiations among regulators, oil and gas people, ranchers and other citizens.
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