"Clearing the Air" documents Dunlop's tenure as Secretary of Natural Resources for the state of Virginia. For four years, Becky Norton Dunlop worked to improve air and water quality in her state and others while battling Carol Browner, Vice President Albert Gore, and the Environmental Protection Agency.Dunlop not only succeeded in making the environment better, she won praise from business leaders, workers, and families. In so doing, she led the way for a revolt by more than a dozen states against the EPA's command-and-control hegemony.
"The most maddening aspect of the EPA's edict was that it would impose all that inconvenience on people for no real gain. The fact is, that by this late date in the auto emissions crusade, auto manufacturers had already wrung 90 to 97 percent of pollutants from emissions since clean-air laws first went into effect three decades earlier."