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Letter: Green bill would have hurt economy

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 19, 2011. Credit: AP

Richard Amper's essay, "Wanted: Politicians who answer to us" [Opinion, Aug. 4], takes his eco-radical agenda, which would effectively shut down our region's economy, and cloaks it in his "outrage" over the latest political maneuverings in Albany.

So, let's be clear that this is really about his anger over state legislation he sought to pass that would have added yet one more well-paid layer of government to an already staggering amount of environmental oversight, regulation, rules, reporting, red tape and the necessary staff to keep it all nice and tidy.

The cost of government and multiple layers of regulation are key reasons why businesses and corporations are departing the region for places that manage to protect the environment without bankrupting the taxpayer. Let's not be coy about the author's newly uncovered anger over the politics he has played so well for so many years.

Desmond Ryan, Hauppauge

Editor's note: The writer is the executive director of the Association for a Better Long Island, a group of developers.