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  •  The "Clean Skies" act is another one that comes (6+ / 0-)

    to mind quickly, and it actually doesn't sound all that obnoxious until one realizes it was a major sop to Big Coal or some such thing.

    •  D'ohh! Make that Clea"r" Skies!! (3+ / 0-)

      which is described by Wikipedia  . ..

      The law reduces air pollution controls, including those environmental protections of the Clean Air Act, including caps on toxins in the air and budget cuts for enforcement. The Act is opposed by conservationist groups such as the Sierra Club with Henry A. Waxman, a Democratic congressman of California, describing its title as "clear propaganda."

      Among other things, the Clear Skies Act:

      Allows 42 million more tons of pollution emitted than the EPA proposal.

      Weakens the current cap on nitrogen oxide pollution levels from 1.25 million tons to 2.1 million tons, allowing 68% more NOx pollution.

      Delays the improvement of sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution levels compared to the Clean Air Act requirements.

      Delays enforcement of smog-and-soot pollution standards until 2015.

      By 2018, the Clear Skies Act will supposedly allow 3 million tons more NOx through 2012 and 8 million more by 2020, for SO2, 18 million tons more through 2012 and 34 million tons more through 2020. 58 tons more mercury through 2012 and 163 tons more through 2020 would be released into the environment than what would be allowed by enforcement of the Clean Air Act.[2]

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