17 Aug '11, 3pm

How Much Is Clean Air Worth? More than Polluters Claim

Over the past few decades, pseudo-science has become a key part of the polluter’s playbook. Big Tobacco had doctors who claimed smoking did not cause cancer. Coal companies trot out the few scientists left who say carbon pollution is not changing the Earth’s weather systems. Now, several industrial polluters have funded a research institute to produce economic reports about why environmental regulations do not produce value for Americans. The National Economic Research Associates’ latest paper, “Assessment of the Obama Administration’s Cost-Benefit Analysis of Clean Air Act Regulations, ” is the kind of dry, weighty paper most people would avoid like the plague. But it’s important we take note of this tome, because it is part of a broad, stealth attack on the protections and benefits of a decent, civilized society. Fundamentally, the paper is part of a campaign by the fact...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/plehner/pseudo-scientis...

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