Economy Versus the Clean Air Act No More

Authored by: Jacquelyn Montgomery

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EEM-120048172

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Abstract

The intricacies of the Clean Air Act of 1970 and its subsequent amendments are analyzed in this entry. The Act was originally intended to address the problem of greenhouse gases eroding the ozone layer, which is an honorable intention (EPA.gov). This legislation, however, brought forth regulation that came at a tremendous cost to industry. The government responded to the costs to industry by amending the Clean Air Act to include provisions referred to as the Cap and Trade program that enabled those who comply the opportunity to substantially benefit by receiving economic benefits. This entry reviews the legislation, successes, and unexpected consequences of this legislation that have led to some unexpected positive benefits to industry in this time of the green conscious population of the present day.

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