US Factories Are More Active Yet Spewing Far Less Pollution

US Factories Are More Active Yet Spewing Far Less Pollution

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Here is a significant but under reported environmental success story from the US economy: Between 1990 and 2008, output by US manufacturers grew by one-third, yet air pollution from their factories was reduced by about two-thirds.

Vox reports, “Georgetown economist Arik Levinson estimated that more than 90 percent of the drop in US factory pollution since 1990 was due to companies adopting cleaner production techniques — things like switching fuels, becoming more efficient, recycling, or adopting pollution-capture technology.”

(READ the story from Vox.com)

Graph: Levinson, 2014

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