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Master of Business Administration (MBA)


College of Business & Professional Studies

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Business Administration


Clean Air Act, acid rain, pollution, utilities, environment


This paper focuses on the benefits of emissions trading as an alternative method of air pollution control for coal fired power plants. The Clean Air Act of 1970 established a command-and-control method of regulation which sets standards that electric utilities must meet to avoid federally imposed penalties.

This paper is divided into four parts. Each section addresses a specific area that must be discussed in order to understand the overall benefits of emissions trading.

Part One addresses the issues of air pollution and acid rain. Part Two looks at the present Clean Air Act, discusses the available methods of pollution abatement, and analyzes the standards method of pollution control. Part Three introduces the advantages and disadvantages of economic incentives. And, Part Four analyzes one of these economic incentives, emissions trading.

The use of a regulatory method of emissions control has done an adequate job in reducing airborne pollutants. However, industry has reached a point at which it needs an economic incentive to induce it to further decrease emissions. Emissions trading has been utilized by some, and it has proved its effectiveness. Although, many have opposed it, economists are continuing to demonstrate that emissions trading will produce a cleaner environment.

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