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A Case Study in Ignoring the Evidence

There’s a new EPA report out that finds that air pollution has declined in this country while childhood asthma has increased.  The usual suspects don’t like this, as AEI fellow Joel Schwartz reports: 

Frank O’Donnell of Clean Air Watch is quoted as calling the EPA report “breathtaking hypocrisy.” Presumably he objects to EPA pointing out that air pollution has declined while asthma has gone up. You see, we all know air pollution causes asthma, so any evidence that it doesn’t is hypocrisy. And we all know George Bush has rolled back the Clean Air Act, so any evidence that air pollution has declined must be hypocrisy also.

The air is getting cleaner, and the environmentalists find that fact unpalatable, which tells you a lot about their real motivations.

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