Regulations are our way of ensuring that the drive for profits never again leads to needless tragedies: Not in Fukushima. Not in the Gulf of Mexico. Not in New Orleans. And not in your home town. Plain and simple.
It's all very black and white: EPA bad, industrial America good. Economy vs. the environment. Capitalism vs. socialism. Or, maybe, in the mind of Joe Barton, the "legitimately wrong" vs. the illegitimately right.