U.S. Carbon and Pollution Emissions Policies Are ‘Up in the Air’


This Q&A explains government energy-clean air policy snags reflected in a new ozone modeling study

If endangered air quality energy regulations and incentives fall flat, carbon gas emissions are predicted to accelerate. Additional pollutants from coal power plants would synergize with global warming to hamper the fight against harmful ozone, according to a new study. Then ground-level O3, which damages the human respiratory system, may eventually resurge.

Energy policy expert Marilyn Brown explained to Research Horizons online the current peril facing many emissions-related policies face. This is a companion article to one written about the study.

Brown is a Regents Professor and Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems in the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Public Policy. She co-authored the new ozone study with researchers in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering that modeled what stripping away the policies could do to future ozone levels.

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