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Pollution prevention; Air--Pollution--Law and Legislation; Acid rain


The threat of acid rain is a side effect of the switch to coal as a major fuel for producing energy in the United States. Despite the existence of technology to reduce the pollutants that cause acid rain, the emissions of sulfur and nitric oxides are likely to increase because among several factors of political resistance to regulatory controls. The politics of pollution pit energy production and economic growth against environmental quality. Developing a regulatory policy is further complicated by the difficulty of isolating specific environmental effects attributable to acid rain apart from natural causes within the ecosystem. The question facing policy makers is whether the politics of pollution and the inherent difficulties of environmental research can be overcome before protecting the environ from the effects of acid rain is no longer an option.

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