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Houston Attorney Writes Book on Clean Air Act Reform

July 20, 2016

Jed Anderson, nationally known expert on the Clean Air Act and partner at AL Law Group, PLLC, has written a book about leading U.S. Clean Air Act reform, in an effort to address current regulatory and environmental needs in the modern world.Book - Amazon

A Victorious Defeat: 10 Years Reforming the Clean Air Act Kindle Edition

by Jed Anderson (Author)

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The Clean Air Act has become obsolete. A more simplified, coordinated, and more efficient Clean Air Act is needed to better address the problems and opportunities of a 21st century world. This book chronicles one man’s journey, efforts, and thoughts over a 10 year period in an effort to lead the nation in a new direction.

“Early in my career as an environmental attorney I realized that the unnecessary complexity of the Clean Air Act was benefiting me more than it was my clients or the environment.  I decided this could not stand.”–Jed Anderson

Excerpts from “A Victorious Defeat”:

Best way to Protect Nature

The best way to protect nature is to emulate nature.

—–“Nature operates in the shortest way possible.” ― Aristotle

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

—–“Nature does not multiply things unnecessarily . . . and does nothing in vain”. — Galileo

Consensus on Clean Air Act Reform

How do we get consensus on how to update the Clean Air Act?  Quite easy.  Just a matter of personally searching for the truth as best we can see it.  I will explain.

Our objective on every issue should be to search beyond ourselves for the truth in a particular issue as best we can see it.   The harder we seek this truth for ourselves in everything, the closer we will eventually get to the same or similar solution since we are all seeking the same thing—the truth.  Anyone remember “Where’s Waldo”?  The reason we found him is we were all looking for the same thing.  Eventually there was consensus on where Waldo was.  What if the game though was called “Where’s Consensus”?  I think we would still be looking for Consensus.

Each of us is designed to find Waldo.  The more we search for the truth in any particular issue the more we realize we are looking for the same thing and the closer we get to finding the same thing.  And that same thing we will one day find will just be wonderful. . . . It’s the truth.


Jed AndersonJed Anderson is a Principal Attorney with the AL Law Group PLLC in Houston, Texas.  Mr. Anderson was formerly with the law firms of Baker Botts L.L.P. and Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. and also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law School where he taught the Clean Air Act class.

The State Bar of Texas Environmental Journal once wrote about Mr. Anderson’s work,  “Jed’s argument [about the Clean Air Act] has caught the attention of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Congress and may be a catalyst for positive change in this complex issue.”

Mr. Anderson also has the distinction of being the first person in U.S. history to re-write the Clean Air Act from its foundations (see


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