Each one of those examples had a response in the main re: safety. (The EThyl corp was originally owned by a Joint venture among Dupont, General Motors , and Standard Oil. The issues of lead in gas were that it causes excess lead in the environment and actually rotted the exhaust and intakes of the engines. THink about it. When I was a kid, my dad uased to get OLDSMOBILE 98's. These cars were big boats that, no matter how well they were cared for, never lasted much beyond 120000miles. Today, a car is barely bgroken in at 120000, its due, in large part, to the removal of lead in gas.
AS far as cl;aiming that govt regulations caused the demise of GM, ebven your Conservative buddies like gunga would tell you that GM just made crappy autos . They were glacially slow to respond to what the buying public wanted and , because their cars were so unreliable, they lost market share. The foreign cars were subhject to the same regs and managed to sell their products. EVEN with union shops.
Today, JD Powers has identified two of the top 3 cars as AMerican. Thats a lesson too late learned und too late acted on.
Car manufacturers wre som pof the most blatantly dismissive of environmental and safety regs until the EPA and unions became activist,
LArge parts of major contaminant sites in the US were owned by General Tires and Fischer Body.
Creativity can solve the problems of industry and govt doesnt hamper creativity . The last century had huge environmental problems from oil,coal, metal, electronics, auto, tool , steel and aluminum, even food as major contamination sources. regulations that came and grew out of the formation of EPA had been active in identifying cleanups. (During the terms of more conservative presidents from reagan on, and including Clinton-wed lost the initiatives of environmental cleanups and even moved the laws into reverse).