The Economic Benefits of Clean Air March 12, 2011 : 11:58 AM

Republicans in Congress propose gutting many of our environmental laws, but ignore their economic benefits:

“[The EPA] released its Second Prospective Report examining the benefits of the Clean Air Act amendments from 1990 up to 2020. The study confirms that the EPA’s clean air protections are not only vital for safeguarding the physical health andlongevity of Americans, they are also extremely good for our economy. While the cost of implementing the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments was just $65 billion, the direct benefits from these protections are projected to reach almost $2trillion for the year 2020.”

“In 2020, the study projects the Clean Air Act will prevent more than 230,000 cases of premature mortality, 200,000 heart attacks, 17 million lost work days and 2.4 million asthma attacks.”