We have all heard the hysteria from the left, George Bush is killing us with his clean air policies, Bush is the worst President ever on the environment, we're all doomed.
Turns out that these statements may not have been entirely accurate.
Report Shows Air Quality Improved During Bush Administration
As the Obama administration considers further steps to fight air pollution, a recent report from a Washington think tank shows that air quality in the United States has improved significantly over the last decade.
The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research analyzed data collected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and concluded that levels of numerous gases linked with air pollution have fallen off since 2001.
Among the findings: Carbon monoxide decreased by 39 percent, ozone by 6 percent, and sulfur dioxide by 32 percent.
"Pick any category you want and pollution levels are generally lower than they were seven years ago," said Steven Hayward, the policy analyst who authored the report, titled "Index of Leading Environmental Indicators," for the conservative think tank.
"(Environmental groups) said air pollution was out of control, but this was always more about politics than it was fact," Hayward said.
Environmental groups agree that tremendous progress has been made since the 1980s, when cities like Houston and Los Angeles were thick with smog and acid rain devastated lakes and forests across the U.S.
Don't worry though, Bush will get no credit for this.
But they add that the progress reflects "strong legislation," and they say the nation needs more of it.
"The reason we've had success over the last 40 years is because strong laws like the Clean Air Act work on pollution," said John Walke, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council.
"But we have a long way to go. We've learned more. The science is better today than it was in 1980 or 1990. We now know we need stronger definitions of clean air to truly protect Americans.
"Over 150 million Americans live in areas with unhealthy air," Walke said. "If we can pass effective laws, we can reduce the problem."
Now I'm not defending Bush, he can do that himself. The point here is that the left as usual is full of, well, hot air.
Finally, a thought on this
"Over 150 million Americans live in areas with unhealthy air,"
These people almost certainly live in cities. Which party do city mayors generally belong to? I'll give a hint, it's not the Republican Party.
So most of the country had an improvement in air quality during the Bush administration with the exception of areas controlled locally by Democrats. Hmm.
The good news for the libs is that a lot of the public will never know about this because as usual the far left media did not seem to think the fact that our air is improving is news. A quick scan of the sites of ABC, CBS, MSNBC, and CNN showed not mention of this. So, the leftist message is safe, the media has shielded mtham from the truth once again.
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