State of Environment: Evaluating Progress and Priorities: Hearing Before the United States House of Representatives, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Environment, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, February 14, 2013   [open pdf - 2MB]

This testimony compilation is from the February 14, 2013 hearing, "State of Environment: Evaluating Progress and Priorities," before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Environment. From the opening statement of Andy Harris: "Today we are going to talk about the greatest story never told. In the last four decades, Americans have witnessed dramatic improvements in the environmental health of this country. This is characterized by the improvement in air and water quality, less exposure to toxic chemicals, and growing forest areas, to name a few. All the while, U.S. has experienced significant growth in GDP [Gross Domestic Product] and per capita income. This progress is due to a number of factors, including technological innovations, State and local efforts, and to some degree, the rational implementation of Federal regulations. Just two days ago would have been the 82nd birthday of Julian Simon, renowned economist from the University of Maryland. His most important insights were that the world is getting better all the time and that energy serves as the 'master resource' for those improvements. I could not agree more. My children are growing up in a much healthier world than the one where I grew up. However, despite the substantial progress made in environmental health and quality of life, Americans are constantly bombarded by the media and this Administration with doomsday predictions." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Andy Harris, Kathleen Hartnett White, Richard Trzupek, and Bernard Goldstein.

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