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A lot has been done on pollution; can-do approach is key

Q: Where in your economic plan are the pollution fees or other market place incentives that will get polluters to clean up their act? A: We can take heart from the progress we’ve made in the last 25 years. Pollutants in the air are way down. Lakes have been cleaned up. Rivers that were dead have come to life. We’re getting more fuel efficiency; automobiles that are far less polluting than they were decades ago. So a lot can be done, but the key is to have a practical, can-do approach of moving forward.
Source: Republican Debate at Dartmouth College Oct 29, 1999

Most Superfund money has gone to lawyers instead of cleanup

The Superfund is supposed to clean up toxic waste dumps. The way Washington has run it, most of that money has gone to lawyers. Billions of dollars - 60 cents on the dollar goes for legal fees. Over 20 years ago, 1,200 sites were cited as extremely dangerous. Since then, do you know how many have been cleaned up? Less than half. So the resources are there, we can do the job. The question is getting Washington to allow us to do the job, whether on the state level or on the national level.
Source: Republican Debate at Dartmouth College Oct 29, 1999

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