Policy Documents

No Way Back: Why Air Pollution Will Continue to Decline

Joel Schwartz –
August 1, 2003

This publication, a project of the National Research initiative, points out the verifiable truth that air quality has improved in the U.S.  Federal health standards are being followed and more or less successfully.  However, the Bush administration relaxed some of the environmental controls, thus causing environmentalists to claim that our air quality will devolve.  The author says the alarmism is misplaced.  Instead, policymakers should identify the areas that need addressing--that is that still have problems cleaning up their emissions--but do so in a cost-effective manner.  One of those areas concerns older vehicles still on the road.  The government should proceed with caution if it is going to impose new regulatory costs on vehicles to cut down on those emissions.