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Origins of Pollution Regulation

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Jargon posted on Wed, Feb 15 2012 7:16 PM

I forget where I heard this, it might have been from Tom Woods, but someone said something about how, during the Second Industrial Revolution the Government decided to make pollution a regulatory issue and not a private property issue so that industry would not be hampered. The idea was that if it were a private property solution, then no businesses could afford to get into mass production, so they decided to just 'curb' it using regulatory powers that would be much less stringent.

Is this just something I dreamt about? Or could someone provide a source. I know it's not much to go on but help would be much appreciated.

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