The EPA continued to use its extensive powers under the Clean Air Act and announced a new, tighter regulation on ozone pollution. As one might expect, these rules are being described by some in the new Republican Congress as anti-business, job-killing regulation. They are in fact pro-business and job-creating rules.
Power plants are our nation's largest source of carbon pollution -- which comes bundled with other toxic pollutants like nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide that cause respiratory problems, especially among children. Although the U.S. already limits power plant pollutants like mercury and arsenic, there are currently no limits on carbon pollution.
As a researcher treating pediatric pulmonary diseases by day and a dad for three active kids by night, I greatly value the physical and mental benefits of exercise for all kids. As long as it is carefully managed, physical activity can usually improve both lung function and asthma control over time.