Elizabeth Fowler is a public policy fellow with the center for environmental and regulatory reform at the Pacific Research Institute (PRI) in San Francisco. She specilizes in market-based envrionmental research with an emphasis on California issues. Fowler is co-author of two PRI studies, the 1999 Index of Leading Envrionmental Indicators and Ending California's Water Crisis: A Market Solution to the Politics of Water. Her Op-Eds have appeared in major newspapers including the San Diego Union-Tribune and the Orange County Register.

By Elizabeth Fowler

Environmental Quality 2000: Michigan and America at the 30th Anniversary of Earth Day

Public opinion about the environment is often marked by unwarranted pessimism about the state of our air, water, and natural resources. But the most recent government data show that America in general, and Michigan in particular, have seen impressive gains in environmental quality since the first Earth Day 30 years ago. This report presents decades of facts and figures on Michigan and U.S. air and water quality, land use, and other environmental factors to show that, far from worsening, environmental conditions have actually improved substantially-and are likely to continue improving. … more