by Angela Logomasini
Competitive Enterprise Institute
January 09, 2014
Green groups’ campaign against triclosan is part of their broader efforts to force society to abandon useful technologies. While triclosan may not be useful in all applications, it certainly has value and low risks. There is no good reason for government action; consumers should be free to decide which products they want to purchase. Environmentalist hype, misinformation and eventual regulations discard those benefits and divert economic resources from productive enterprises to second-best alternatives. The attack on triclosan is just one example of the toll that comes from this regressive philosophy, which promises to unravel human progress and make us poorer and less safe in the end.