Over the past 50 years, the U.S. has achieved robust economic growth while dramatically reducing emissions of harmful air pollutants.

Key Points:

– Despite rampant negativity about the state of the environment in the U.S., air pollution has declined dramatically over the past 50 years.

– This achievement was made possible by technological innovations and the prosperity afforded by economic growth, a free market economy, and a limited government.

– Regulations always need to take into account true costs and benefits and be feasible for cities and states to accomplish, metrics which the Obama-era EPA attempted to manipulate in order to justify more regulations.

– Air quality in the developing world is sorely lacking, and the time has come to pro-actively share the ideas and technologies behind America’s environmental success.

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The Honorable Kathleen Hartnett White is Director of the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment. She previously served as chair of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Brent Bennett is Life:Powered’s Policy Analyst. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from The University of Texas.