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The Politics of Acid Rain: A new Proposal, A Bitter Fight Among Old Friends

For years, environmental groups have been pushing Congress to clean up the pollution that causes acid rain. In February, President Bush unveiled his own plan. The "clear skies" initiative has sparked a bitter debate among environmentalists. Some say the President wants serious reform. But critics say the plan is a sham that gives too much freedom to big factories and power plants. The issue has opened a rift in the way environmental groups see the Bush Administration. As Brian Mann reports, the opening may be enough for the President to move "clear skies" forward.  Go to full article

New Acid Rain Plan Draws Mixed Reviews

On Earth Day, President George Bush visited the Adirondacks to talk about acid rain. Each year, power plants and factories in the Midwest spit out tons of pollution. Clouds of sulfur and mercury drift across the north country, sterilizing lakes and killing forests. The President says his new "clear skies" plan would revolutionize environmental law - ending acid rain, without crippling industry. Critics say the plan would allow heavy pollution to continue for decades. In this second of a three-part series on acid rain, Brian Mann looks at how the "clear skies" plan would work.  Go to full article

Coal Burning Power Plant Buys Out Angry Neighbors

Coal burning power plants in the Midwest are considered the number one cause of acid rain. Smokestacks pump out tons of sulfur and mercury that drifts north and east, poisoning Adirondack lakes and forests. The toxic pollution is also a threat to small towns that neighbor the power plants. Last summer, "blue clouds of sulfur gas" blanketed the village of Cheshire, Ohio. But rather than clean up their emissions, the utility company has agreed to a surprising solution. American Electric Power is buying the entire town for twenty million dollars. Natalie Walston explains.  Go to full article

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