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New EPA air quality rules outweigh costs and provide major health and environmental benefits
Date:12/21/2011

by motor vehicle emissions. The most beneficial of these rules is the light-duty vehicle rule, which will cost an estimated $140 billion but bring about $561 billion in benefits that include billions of barrels of oil saved, reduced emissions, and the health benefits related to non-greenhouse gas pollutants over the lifetime of vehicles sold between 2017 and 2025. According to the analysis, these will yield net societal benefits of $421 billion.

The findings also show that Cross-State Air Pollution Rule will provide significant health and environmental benefits to low income, minority, and tribal individuals in both rural areas and inner cities in the regions affected by the rule.

The poll, which surveyed 1500 African American adults in Atlanta, Cleveland and Philadelphia, asked respondents about issues related to air quality, climate change and the need for new regulations.

Among the poll's key findings:

  • A solid majority (59%) of African Americans polled in the three cities believe that global warming is causing serious problems

  • 84% of respondents want the federal government to take strong action to deal with global warming

  • 80% support EPA's Toxics Rule

  • 40% described the air quality where they lived as excellent or good, while 59% said the air quality where they lived was fair or poor

  • 83% believe that environmental factors such as air pollution play a major role in causing asthma in children

The authors believe that the close correspondence between public opinion and analytical findings pointing to the health and economic benefits of further air quality improvements should provide a strong mandate for action by the federal government.


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Contact: Stephanie Berger
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212-305-4372
Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health
Source:Eurekalert

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