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The Relationship Between Human Prosperity and Environmental Quality (Guest: Jason Isaac)

June 24, 2020

Environmental quality depends upon human prosperity. Human prosperity depends on fossil fuels. Fossil Fuels lead to better environmental outcomes.

Thanks to innovators in the American energy industry, and the Trump administration reversing energy policies of previous administrations, America is both energy independent and a net exporter of energy. Yet, we could be so much more.

America is the only developed country in the world that meets World Health Organization air quality standards. Our environmental quality relies on affordable, abundant and reliable fossil fuels.

Author
H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D., is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
hsburnett@heartland.org