Lower or higher Emissions?

2003 Status Report Shows U.S. Air Cleanest Ever Since 1970

Cynthia Bergman 202-564-9828 / bergman.cynthia@epa.gov

Total emissions of the six principal pollutants identified in the Clean Air Act dropped again in 2003, signaling that America’s air is the cleanest ever in three decades, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported today. Annual emissions statistics for the six pollutants are considered major indicators of the quality of the nation’s air because of their importance for human health and the existence of their long-standing national standards.

Emissions have continued to decrease even as our economy has increased more than 150 percent. Since 1970, the aggregate total emissions for the six pollutants [Carbon Monoxide (CO), Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), Sulfur Dioxide (SO2), Particulate Matter (PM), Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Lead (Pb)] have been cut from 301.5 million tons per year to 147.8 million tons per year, a decrease of 51 percent. Total 2003 emissions were down 12 million tons since 2000, a 7.8 percent reduction. (See summary table at: http://www.epa.gov/airtrends/econ-emissions.html ).

And, over the last decade:

Why is all this evidence of lower emissions being ignored completely by the environmentalists?  They could say something like “Things are getting better, but we’ve got a lot more to do.” But NooooOOOOOooo!  All we hear is:

This administration, in catering to industries that put America’s health and natural heritage at risk, threatens to do more damage to our environmental protections than any other in U.S. history.

The Bush Presidency has been the most anti-environmental in the modern era. In partnership with a compliant Congress, it is busily dismantling the framework of environmental laws, standards, and enforcement that is the foundation for environmental protection and preservation in the United States.

George W. Bush will go down as America’s worst environmental president,” writes Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, and one of the nation’s top environmentalists, in Rolling Stone (12/11/03). Al Gore, in a recent speech, claims of the President’s environmental approach, “The Bush administration chooses special interests over the public interest, ignoring scientific evidence in favor of policies its contributors demand.” Is the President putting the environment at risk? Unfortunately, the record speaks for itself.

This doesn’t really endear their efforts to people like me.  I have suffered the consequences of environmental activists run amok.  So yeah, I’m biased.  After Bush “rolled back” the environmental policy allowing clear-cutting in the national forests, the fires stopped.  The forests are healthy again, and you can see the difference very easily almost any day you look out the window.

The environmentalist whackos need an attitude adjustment if they want to get anything done.  I live in the forest, I love the forest, the forest is a part of my psyche.  And, I’ll do everything I can to protect it from the environmentalists.