Lawmakers debating climate legislation should follow the example set by the Environmental Protection Agency, which has recently proposed emission standards to cut pollution in 31 states and Washington, D.C., argues Gina-Marie Cheeseman in this opinion article. The proposed rules, along with other EPA and state efforts, seek to decrease emissions of sulfur dioxide by 71% and nitrogen oxide by 52% through 2014. If enacted, the proposed rules would save more than $120 billion in annual health costs during 2014, Cheeseman writes.

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