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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Economics, 2nd Edition by Tom Gorman

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Factors Working For and Against U.S. Sustainability

The United States and other economies engage in a number of practices that undermine sustainable economic growth. If, with the support of the populace, the U.S. government were to take steps to curb, replace, or end these practices, the economy would be better able to generate sustainable growth.
There has been evidence that the United States can change in ways that support sustainability, including these events and trends of the relatively recent past:
• U.S. legislative efforts on air quality include the Air Pollution Control Act of 1955; the Clean Air Acts of 1963, 1970, and 1977; and 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act of 1970.
• The Clean Water Act of 1972 did much to eliminate and control ...

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