"The Clean Air Act is a law with a 40-year track record of cutting dangerous pollution to protect human health and the environment. Administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this legislation has prevented more than 400,000 premature deaths and hundreds of millions of cases of respiratory and cardiovascular disease."
Clean Air: A Nation Choking Itself On Ever-Tightening Standards
"While it certainly is true that laws like the Clean Air Act have helped scrub pollutants such as lead and carbon monoxide out of the sky, making our air much more clean, the EPA bureaucracy that was established to regulate the problem has had to justify its existence now that the dangers from air pollution have been largely abated. Today, in an era of government downsizing and budget deficits, this has become increasingly the case, and the laws regulating clean air have kept getting tighter and tighter.
For the American public this bureaucratic and self-serving approach to cleaning up our air has been, and is becoming increasingly costly. The number of jobs in jeopardy, the impact on economic productivity, and the rising costs for such items as gasoline and electricity are all combining to potentially wreak havoc on the US standard of living.
This report will seek to examine the current clean air debate in more detail. It will look into such questions as: (1) How clean is America’s air today – have we been making great strides, (2) are there still serious health problems associated with clean air standards in America, and (3) what are the possible consequences with going too far in trying to make our air cleaner than clean?"
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