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Mr. Ryan is Assistant Regional Counsel in the EPA Region 10 Boise Office and a member of the editorial board of Natural Resources & Environment. The views expressed here are Mr. Ryan’s alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of EPA.
With the presidential race already in full swing, one of the recurring debates among the candidates is how much federal regulation is appropriate. Some argue that we must reduce our regulatory burden in order to spur job growth. That argument leads to the obvious question: What would this country look like without all those allegedly confusing, job-killing rules? If we want to see what a modern industrial society with lax regulations looks like, China is a instructive example.