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Soiling the Clean Air Act

In 2001, the Bush administration drastically cut down provisions in the Clean Air Act of prior generations, allowing large corporations to avoid upgrading dirty facilities, reversing progress in the fight to reduce toxic emissions. Under Bush's "cap-and-trade" system, companies can pay to pollute more. Incidentally, many of the companies benefiting from Bush's new, lax Clean Air Act were major contributors to his political campaign.