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The Clean Air Act was enacted in the United States in the year 1970 led by the then President Nixon. The reason for signing the legislation is the fact that it would assist the country by putting it on a path that would make it easy to ensure clean air, water and also the open spaces for the better of future generations in America. In my opinion, I feel that the Clean Air Act has been successful. One of the reasons why I view the act as a success in the American is that twenty years after its implementation, the legislation has helped to cut down more than 18 million cases associated with the respiratory diseases and 200,000 premature deaths. According to the reports that have been released in the country by Lisa Jackson, the administrator of the EPA, the benefits that are associated with the implementation of the Clean Air Act exceeds the costs that have been incurred in the regulation by more than forty times (Lesser, 2015).
The other way in which the Clean Air Act has been a success is that it has helped in the protection of human health. This is as a result of the toughening of the standards that relate to emission for the most toxic pollutants by President George Bush in 1990. The legislation has also been a success in the sense that it has assisted in the growth of the economy. As a result of reducing the instances of the illnesses and protecting the health of the people, they end up saving capital which can be used for other activities such as investments that can boost the economic growth of the country.
Lesser, W. (2015). American business regulation : understand, survive, and thrive. Abingdon, Oxon New York: Routledge.
Thank you for your nice post. I definitely agree with you that the Clean Air Act (CAA) has definitely improved air quality. However, besides the main publicized points I think other great things have come from this act that might be less talked about. For example, what we burn in our gas tanks can emit different levels of pollutants, and the CAA has gotten fuel to be reformulated so that it is less harmful to us. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the cars we have today versus those in the 1970’s emit anywhere from 70-90% less air pollution.1 Another big step since the CAA was enacted is making the production of vehicles requiring leaded gasoline to be illegal1. Moreover, Clean Air Act has established a set of strategies to reduce industrial sources of pollution. Such strategies include installation of scrubbers on smokestacks and a move to less polluting fuels, especially away from high-sulfur coal.2 The success is evidenced by the fact that sulfur dioxide levels, which are highest in the vicinity of large industrial facilities, declined by 83 percent between 1980 and 2010. I think there have been so many good things that have come about from the 1990 CAA.