More Than Three-Quarters of Coloradans Are Happy with Their Air Quality

Study Confirms That More Citizens Concerned with Economic Harm of Increasing Federal Regulations Than Environmental Benefit

Denver, Colo., August 12, 2015 – According to a poll released by the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry (CACI) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), 76 percent of Coloradans rate their air quality as excellent or good, and less than half want stricter federal environmental regulations on local businesses. The poll was conducted to gauge public opinion in Colorado as the federal government considers the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed ozone rule. If implemented, this standard could be the costliest regulation in our nation’s history, with an annual price tag of $140 billion in lost GDP. Colorado is projected to lose $11 billion in GDP and 25,000 jobs.

“Colorado is a bright spot in the nation’s economy and a recognized national leader on clean air issues,” said CACI President Chuck Berry. “On behalf of CACI, we and 77 percent of Coloradans believe that our local and state officials should determine the state’s air quality, not the federal government. The EPA’s proposed standards would make our fears a reality—as the most expensive, job-killing regulatory scheme in history.”

“Coloradans consider their local air quality as excellent or good, oppose stricter federal environmental regulations on businesses in their area and believe that new regulations would have adverse effects on local economies,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “It is astounding that in a time when people recognize the tremendous improvements in their community’s air quality, yet are still worried about the economy and job creation, the Obama Administration would charge forward with this costly ozone regulation. Manufacturers and elected leaders in Colorado are leading the way to promote and improve air quality. However, tightening the federal ozone standard now will only threaten economic growth and job creation in Colorado and across the country.”

Key findings from the poll include the following:

  • By a nearly two-to-one margin, Coloradans think that a bigger problem for their local area is “less economic growth and job opportunities caused by regulations” (57%) rather than “lower air quality caused by pollution” (30%).
  • More than three-quarters (76%) rate their local air quality as “excellent” or “good,” about one-in-four (21%) rate it as “fair,” and only 3% say their local air quality is “poor.”
  • Less than one-in-five (18%) think the federal government should have more of a say over air quality regulations in their local area. Most prefer that these decisions be handled by local and state officials (77%).

To read the results from the full poll, click here.

The poll of 600 registered voters was conducted by FTI Consulting.

 

-CACI-

CACI is the only business association that works to improve the business climate for all sizes of business from a statewide, multi-industry perspective. What CACI accomplishes is good for all businesses, and that’s good for the state’s economy. The Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry was created in 1965 based on the merger of the Colorado Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Manufacturers’ Association. As a private, non-profit organization, CACI’s work is funded solely by its members.

-NAM-

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 14 million men and women, contributes $2.09 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.