Benefits of the Clean Air Act Drastically Outweigh the Costs

Talk about a phenomenal return on investment: according to a just-released analysis, direct benefits from the 1990 Clean Air Act and its amendments are estimated to reach almost $2 trillion for the year 2020, a figure that dwarfs the direct costs of implementation ($65 billion). In 2010 alone, the reductions in fine particle and ozone pollution prevented more than 160,000 cases of premature death, and 1.7 million asthma attacks. Those figures are only expected to rise in the coming years. For more details, click here.