This is what the so called reagan free market capitalism, con, was to do, private investments to advance a societies needs and entrepreneurs idea's instead of government investments into growth needs and the advancing technologies, the trickle down growth, and aren't doing as those capitalist hoard their huge gains while blocking any and all government growth.
Keep in mind that if this Country, the U.S., had not been blocked from moving forward, by the special interests still doing so today, some forty years back, we would have not only had advanced the technologies now being produced and now will in the future but we might have moved into other forms of developing alternative clean, and not potentially dangerous, alternative sources. That should though happen rapidly as the innovations already in use have started doing right now and are bringing the costs of down.
It's not only because of regulations, it's more about this societies want to have and use but not want to pay, or have smaller groups within do so, think 'sin' taxes', for maintaining nor redeveloping to fit the growing needs and advancing changes!!