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Fri May 22, 2020, 08:07 AM

Europe Gets Greener as U.S. Rolls Back Environmental Rule

(Bloomberg) --

The dangerous added-effects of air pollution during the pandemic have emerged as the latest partisan flashpoint in Washington. Research shows emissions may heighten the risk of complications and death from Covid-19.

Despite these dangers, and the 94,000 Americans already dead from the virus on his watch, President Donald Trump has continued to weaken environmental rules at the behest of the fossil fuel industry. Over the past few months the Environmental Protection Agency has intensified its three-year campaign to cut protections—for both the environment and public health.

Trump’s EPA is finalizing rules that ease fuel-efficiency standards for automobiles while attacking rules aimed at reducing mercury pollution at power plants. Last month, the agency opted not to strengthen air-quality requirements governing soot, and now it’s seeking to give retailers more time to sell outdated wood heaters that emit more smoke—and potentially lethal air pollution. ..............(more)


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