Clean Air Act
The Federal Clean Air Act was enacted to regulate air pollution on a national level and is considered a cornerstone of America's environmental protection efforts. The first legislation to bear the name “Clean Air Act” was enacted in 1963, with major revisions enacted in 1965, 1970, 1977, and 1990. Much of the Air Quality Act of 1967 was rolled into the Clean Air Act.
Cry Wolf Quotes
Because of our guilt—and because of the media’s espousement (sic) of the movement—laws were passed which asked industry and the American consumer for the impossible. The members [of Congress] admitted they did not know what could actually be done to clean up our environment, how long it would take or how much it would cost. But they went ahead anyway in the spirit of political expediency to ramrod through measures that would affect millions of people and billions of dollars…
Clean air, land and water are vital to all of us. But so are jobs, food, clothing and housing. We have to weigh the total impact on the environment along with the economic and social costs in order to clean up.
Laws dealing with complex and technical problems were passed with much emotionalism, little debate, and even less of a data base for support.
EPA: “Benefits and Costs of the Clean Air Act: Second Prospective Study—1990-2020”
Clean Air Act benefits total more than $2 trillion.
Jobs vs. The Environment: An Industry-Level Study
Four industries that operate under intense environmental regulatory scrutiny, but haven't lost jobs as a result.
Benefits and Costs of the Clean Air Act - 1990 to 2010
The monetizable benefits of the Clean Air Act are four times greater than the costs.