America helped restore the ozone layer through a combination of scientific understanding, public pressure, bipartisan support and industry innovation. I believe we can marshal those same forces to fight climate change, but we are not there yet.
This week, the Republican leadership of the House Energy and Commerce Committee is planning to continue its war on Americans' health by passing two more nasty little bills to weaken public health safeguards under the Clean Air Act.
Rowland was a scientific and environmental hero. But as the Times notes, he demurred from that label -- he just thought he was doing what he had to do, given what he'd learned. Everyone alive can thank him for that.
In 1987 we came together and regulated CFCs to solve the ozone deterioration problem -- and it worked. Now we can do the same thing with CO2 and twenty years from now look back on the climate crisis as a thing of the past.
For every dollar we've spent, we've received more than $40 of benefits, making the Clean Air Act one of the most cost-effective things the American people have done for themselves in the last half century.
Over 30 years ago Congress passed the Toxic Substances Control Act to protect health and the environment. It was a regulatory system written based on our scientific knowledge then. But we know much more now.