Something smells rotten

Dave Killion — September 29, 2011

The Swomee Swans should be returning anytime now.

The World Health Organization reports on air quality, and finds that not only is Canada’s among the best, but British Columbia’s is particularly good

“British Columbia cities have some of the cleanest air on earth, according to the World Health Organization, which collected air quality data from over a thousand cities around the world.”

“Amongst countries, Estonia topped the list with the best air quality, and Mauritius ranked second, while¬†Canada tied with Australia for third.

Before assuming that this is a benefit of government regulation, read what Bruce Yandle discovered in his review of ¬†Indur Goklany’sClearing the air: the real story of the war on air pollution” –

“The book concludes with a carefully drawn and sad assessment of the federal regulatory experience. One part of the unpleasant outcome is related to the following facts: (1) Command-and-control regulation has been excessively costly, relative to performance standards or use of economic incentives. (2) Federal programs unduly limit state action in the name of controlling interstate pollution when much of the problem is intrastate. (3) There are profitable risk-reducing opportunities for increasing the level of control for some pollutants and decreasing the level for others. The second part of the unhappy result relates to the central finding of the book: Significant progress in controlling air pollution occurred in the absence of federal programs whenever problems were perceived and incomes allowed for action to be taken. If left to state, local, or private action, at least part of the cost of the federal saga could have been avoided and some of the benefits expanded.”

Enjoy the clean, fresh air… you earned it.

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