Policy Viewpoint: Against Clean Air Rollbacks


This memo will convey my conviction that the current Administration’s changes to the Clean Air Act’s ‘New Source Review’ (NSR) program will, in measurable terms, lead to unacceptable declines in the quality of human health. Furthermore, rolling back NSR regulations will most certainly assure that we will not realize necessary reductions in atmospheric pollutants. My proposed policy will avoid these consequences while giving electric utilities the opportunity to adopt a clean, profitable energy source. Certain renewable energy sources are now profitable alternatives, specifically wind-generated power. Wind energy has become a significant and quickly growing portion of the American electricity market. Ten billion kilowatt-hours of electricity are generated annually,enough for one million homes.