Every state has environmental regulations to some extent. Leaders in this category include California and Oregon. Although California is also home to the city with the worst air qualtiy in the nation – Las Angeles
I do find it troubling that California has so many air regulation laws, yet still retains some of the worst air quality in the nation. Smog checks on cars have helped a lot from what the air used to be like, but still more needs to be done. I think the biggest problem is the lack of public transportation, resulting in a mass amount of cars sitting in traffic burning fossil fuels.
One of the most effective measures implemented to combat pollution is the EPA’s cap-and-trade system for Sulphur dioxide. There has been talk of implementing a cap-and-trade system for carbon dioxide and other pollutants, but so far legislators have not been able to reach an agreement on it. A cap-and-trade system is similar to a tax on pollution, except that it controls the quantity of pollution directly instead of adjusting the price of polluting until the desired reduction of pollutants is met. When pollution is taxed, polluters have an incentive to install devices that clean their smokestack emissions or change the way their manufacturing process works.
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