by John Hill
Alabama Policy Institute
July 31, 2014
Policy Analysis
This report focuses on objective measures of energy production, air quality, water quality, forest and land health, toxic release, and climate change to assess the environmental health of Alabama and the United States in general. Amidst a nationwide energy boom, Alabama is now producing more energy than ever before. And despite the fears of some activists, the environment as a whole is becoming cleaner. Emissions of the six major air pollutants measured by the EPA have been cut in half. The state has cleaner, safer water than most states in the country, and ranks second in the nation in forestry. These achievements owe not to federal regulation, but to city, county and state governments, who were assigning value to clean air and water almost a century before environmental quality was standardized by the federal government.

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