Air quality improvements are important to everyone in the year of 2008 and beyond. With the advancement of science and industry, we are both polluting the atmosphere at a higher rate than ever before along with advancing our technologies for limiting the pollution in which we add to the atmosphere.
We are doing everything we can to advance our ability for air quality improvements on all fronts. Our environments health is of the highest of priorities to aid in our quality of life. This includes but is not limited to all the following: our drinking water, the land on which we grow our fresh produce, the air of which we breathe, our climate and atmospheric conditions. The oil and natural gas industries have taken on the responsibility of finding new and better ways to provide their fuel products without hurting the environment in any way.
The workers of the oil and natural gas industries give us the products and the fuel that help to power the economy we live in. Factories, businesses and the vehicles used to transport products to the end user are powered by the oil and natural gas industries which both directly and indirectly create millions of jobs around the globe. Because of control methods for air quality improvements have been created through science and technology the oil and natural industries are exhibiting better care for the environment as their industries upgrade and develop into the future.
Air quality improvements are becoming more evident across the United States of America every day according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Combustion is the main source for powering our vehicles, generation of electricity, factories and the large power equipment we use around our homes daily. Combustion is a major contributor of smog, soot and smoke, which have all reduced in significant levels since the passing of the Clean Air Act of 1970. Air emissions from all the contributing sources such as residential use, transportation, power plants and manufacturing have reduced by 29 percent since 1970.
The oil and natural gas industries are leaders in air quality improvements. Think about all the cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles you see in a day taking Americans and the products they use to and from the places, they want and need to go! There are 70 million more drivers today than there were in 1970 when the Clean Air Act of 1970 was passed. These 70 million more drivers drive an average of 143 percent more miles every year than in 1970. Even with this great increase of drivers and miles driven every year there has been a 41 percent drop in vehicle emissions to aid in air quality improvements.