Most Americans breath dirty air -- in many places, levels of pollutants like nitrogen dioxide and ozone are in violation of federal air quality standards. And now, those standards are getting even stronger, which will put even more of the country out of compliance: EPA recently upped standards for nitrogen dioxide and is working on strengthening limits for other pollutants. But to make real improvements in air quality without breaking the bank, what is called for is not another round of top-down regulation, but an update of the Clean Air Act to allow strong market-based solutions. Progress on cleaning our …
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David Schoenbrod is a professor at New York Law School and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. As a staff attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) during the 1970's, he was a leader in the campaigns to get lead out of gasoline, reduce air pollution in Puerto Rico, and combat automotive pollution in New York City. His work on environmental justice began earlier as director of community development at the anti-poverty organization that Senator Robert Kennedy established in Bedford-Stuyvesant. His writings on environmental law and regulation appear in books, scholarly journals, and newspapers.