The panel is just the latest in a series of disconcerting signs that the governor has fallen in step with the extreme mantra of certain members of the U.S. House of Representatives, who constantly hold hearings in search of evidence that regulations lose jobs and cost huge and unwarranted amounts of money. Efforts to protect the environment are always in the bullseye during such attacks. The problem, of course, is that a series of careful studies done by reputable economists shows that those rules create as many jobs as are "lost," shifting the location but not the amount of employment. The reason is that workers are hired to manufacture, install and operate pollution control equipment. Of course, it costs industry money to take those steps, but the money pays for additional jobs, and, after all, it's money spent cleaning up some of the pollution that they impose on the rest of us.