Let's Modernize Our Pollution Laws Analysis

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“Let’s Modernize Our Pollution Laws” Critique There are multiple forms of pollution created by human products and waste. As the population increases, the threat to our environment increases. Different acts and laws have been passed to try and reduce the pollution already created. Humans have a delicate balance with our environment; it is our responsibility to do what we can in order to protect our world. In his article “Let’s Modernize Our Pollution Laws,” Gregg Easterbrook argues the importance of keeping population laws up-to-date. However, the need of amending these laws is not specified nor is the inclusion of what is wrong with the current acts and laws present in the article. While it is assumed that a common knowledge and understanding …show more content…
The laws and regulations have greatly reduced and maintained pollution over the years. But, is there really a need to change the laws? How much more can our environment really benefit? According to Numbeo, in 2012 Los Angeles listed 43 worldwide, ranking 76.04 on the pollution index. In mid-2015 Los Angeles dropped to 107 worldwide, ranking 68.01 on the pollution index. In less than three years the pollution in one of the United States major cities has greatly reduced. Easterbrook mentions a reduction in pollution levels in numerous cities across the country. Smog levels have decreased, greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide levels have decreased, and “emissions have dropped by 9% between 2005 and 2013 (EPA). These are just a few examples of the effects the pollution laws have had on our environment. However, there is no actual way to completely eliminate pollution. There is room for improvement in the current rates, but drastic reductions will never occur. The slow, but steady rate at which they are decreasing now shows that the current laws must be doing something right to uphold that. Why change something that is already

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