An atmosphere around our children totally free of disease causing chemicals and particulates should be our goal. The Clean Air Act (Act) was enacted to help move us in that direction. That and other efforts to implement clean air and energy standards have been long and difficult. Environmental advocates have worked very hard to keep at bay those who never stop trying to weaken the law and its regulations.
Corporate America sees the Act as another cost to the bottom line. It spends millions of dollars to convince politicians to delay enforcing sections of the law which apply to them. It is our job to make them see that the profits a polluting business earns when it does not follow clean air and energy standards benefit so few. In the long term even their business will suffer because keeping up with the most current technology is the path to future earnings.
American companies should understand that when a family loses its breadwinner to lung disease or cancer, the surviving children suffer their loss forever. Not only do they lose the emotional and financial support they need but they also lose civil rights. Children have the right to grow up healthy, to enjoy their family life, to attend school, and to fulfill their dreams. Pollutants damage their world and prevent them from a full and healthy lifestyle.
The citizens of this country have earned their civil rights, among them their physical and economic health, in several ways; i.e., by paying their taxes, or serving in the military, and working at productive careers. Americans deserve to live out their lives surrounded by clean air, green energy, clean water, good food, healthcare, an education, and jobs for all who need to support their loved ones. We must all work to make sure all know the Act supports these living standards.