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Valuing Clean Air: The EPA and the Economics of Environmental Protection

Charles Halvorson


The passage of the Clean Air Act and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1970 marked a sweeping transformation in American politics. In a few short years, the environmental movement pushed Republican and Democratic elected officials to articulate a right to clean air as part of a bevy of new federal guarantees. Charged with delivering on those promises, the EPA represented a bold assertion that the federal government had a responsibility to protect the environment, the authority to command private business to reduce their pollution, and the capacity to dictate how they ... More

Keywords: Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, environmental protection, pollution, environmental regulation, clean air, administrative state, environmental governance, environmental value, environmental economics

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Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197538845
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197538845.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Halvorson, author
Independent Scholar

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