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Opportunity Knocks to Protect Public Health; Will President Obama Answer? | Common Dreams

Scientists estimate that adopting strong curbs on ozone pollution—commonly referred to as smog—could save up to 12,000 lives every year, prevent 58,000 asthma attacks and avoid 21,000 hospital and emergency room visits. These health benefits are valued as high as $100 billion annually. But some of the Obama administration’s recent decisions have allowed politics to stall or derail sound environmental policy, setting a bad precedent for protecting the public from dangerous ozone pollution.

President Obama came into office vowing to reverse many of the environmentally harmful decisions of the previous administration and committing that “Science and the scientific process must inform and guide decisions of my Administration on a wide range of issues, including improvement of public health.” The Administration’s pending decision on setting the national air quality standards for ozone will be a crucial test of the President’s resolve to depart from the approach of the George W. Bush administration, where politics routinely trumped science in key public health matters.

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