Some lawmakers are worried the perception the state has poor air quality may be driving away businesses that would like to relocate here. Sen. Stuart Adams says there’s no direct evidence for that happening, but the poor air quality is a concern for lawmakers.
“The legislature is going to do what we can. We can incentivize alternate fuels. That economic development everybody is concerned about will actually increase as we work to fix the problem.”
Adams says lawmakers do feel pressure from the public to do something about air quality, but most of the pollution is caused by cars, so there’s only so much they can do.
“It isn’t as if we don’t have a problem, we think we do,” says Adams. “The only way to solve it is everybody owns it.”