Since President Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency in response to the Cuyahoga River fire in 1969, air quality has been a conversation in Congress and in our homes. Recently, the EPA has made greater steps to protect air quality, lowering the amount of ozone, the main ingredient in smog, that is acceptable. They are lowering the limit from 75 parts per billion to between 65 and 70 PPM, despite incredible pressure from the American Petroleum Institute to dismiss the concern. Luckily, there is a great deal of pressure from the public to ignore these false claims.
While the numbers might not seem like a huge shift, it is actually extremely significant. The effects of air pollution are well documented, and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy recently came out with a video explaining, very clearly, the changes, and the importance of the Clean Air Act. With the rise of heavy industry we are seeing across the globe, we should all be encouraged to do our part to protect our air.
A perfect example of what happens with out of control air pollution can be seen in China. If you’ve ever seen the classic film “Blade Runner,” you saw the dystopian version of a polluted China. Terrifyingly enough, the current state of air in Beijing is far worse than the apocalyptic version created by Ridley Scott.
These are images from Beijing and Sheyang TODAY. This is exactly what we are trying to avoid here in the US, and the EPA’s new push could help us avoid such a frightening situation.
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