Scrubbing The Skies

After thirteen years of frustration the Senate finally strikes a deal to clean the air -- but business lobbies and environmentalists are still fighting

Compromise never comes easily in battles over the environment. It is simpler and more gratifying for everyone to denounce the opposition as fanatical or corrupt or under the control of sinister interests. So it seemed a bit of a miracle last week when the Senate approved broad new legislation against air pollution, the first since 1977, and the House Energy and Commerce Committee reported out a similar bill two days later. Both advocates and enemies of tighter pollution controls denounced the new legislation and vowed to fight on, but a final Senate-House compromise version is expected to reach the White House...

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