Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Breathing Easier With Nixon

Reference to a Nixon-era policy on "The West Wing," episode 3:5, "On the Day Before": Bartlett aide Josh Lyman, defending the administration's environmental policies against charges that they cost jobs, says, "The decline in manufacturing isn't because of the environment...You want to see a study that says that if we hadn't passed the Clean Air Act, about two million more people would've suffered from heart disease, bronchitis, [and] respiratory illness?" President Nixon signed a substantial toughening of the Clean Air Act in 1970.

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