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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:
- Ambient SO2 and sulfate levels are down more than 40 percent and 30 percent, respectively, in the eastern U.S.
- Wet sulfate deposition, which acidifies sensitive lakes, streams and forest soils, has decreased 39 percent in the northeastern U.S. and 17 percent in the southeastern U.S. (See Figure 3)
- Some modest reductions in inorganic nitrogen deposition and wet nitrate concentrations have occurred in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, but other areas have not shown much improvement.
- Signs of recovery in acidified lakes and streams are evident in the Adirondacks, the northern Appalachian Plateau, and the upper Midwest. These signs include lower concentrations of sulfates, nitrates, and improvements in acid neutralizing capacity. Response of surface water chemistry to the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.
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:
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.