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Isaac Newton and the Clean Air Act

August 19, 2013

Isaac Newton and the Clean Air ActI wonder what Isaac Newton would think about the Clean Air Act?

►   “Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.” —Isaac Newton

►    “Nature is pleased with simplicity.  And nature is no dummy.”—Isaac Newton

►   “More is in vain when less will serve.” —Isaac Newton

►   In the Principia, Newton simplified the explanation of what forces govern the movement of objects through the universe—distilling this immensely complex issue into just three basic laws.

►   The idea of simplicity helped Newton to invent the reflecting telescope which was an alternative and a less complicated design to the refracting telescope which, at that time, was a design that suffered from severe chromatic aberration.

►   “It is the perfection of God’s works that they are all done with the greatest simplicity.” —Isaac Newton

Time to transform the SIP process.  We can make it happen.

 Comments on the Clean Air Act

  • “I hate that each sector has 17 to 20 rules that govern each piece of equipment and you’ve got to be a neuroscientist to figure it out”. –Gina McCarthy, U.S. EPA Administrator
  • “The Clean Air Act is a lengthy and complex federal law” –Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • “The federal Clean Air Act (CAA) alone has been referred to as the most complicated statute in history. The statutory complexity is compounded by the thousands of pages of federal regulations and the overlapping statutes and regulations adopted by each individual state.” –Erich Brich writing for the American Bar Association
  • “The Clean Air Act – one of the most complex and extensive pieces of federal environmental legislation.” –Center on Congress—Indiana University
  •  “The Clean Air Act is complicated and contentious”. —Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
  • “The Clean Air Act (CAA) is a comprehensive and complex piece of environmental legislation”. – NASDA
  • “The statute and its regulatory offshoots are very complicated.”  —U.S. Department of Justice

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