President Nixon signed far-reaching clean air legislation into law in a brief ceremony in Washington, D.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: NIXON: "1970 will be known as the year of the beginning, in which we really began to move on the problems of clean air and clean water and open spaces for the future generations of America. I think 1971 will be known as the year of action and as we look at action I would suggest that this bill is an indication of what action can be, because if this is completely enforced, within four years it will mean that the emissions from automobiles which pollute the environment will be reduced by 90 per cent."
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Background: President Nixon signed far-reaching clean air legislation into law in a brief ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Thursday (31 December). The new law orders the American car-manufacturing industry to produce a virtually emission-free vehicle by 1976.
In a short speech, the President said the bill was an example of what action towards control of pollution can be.
Senators and Congressmen from both parties were invited to the White House ceremony, but Senator Edmund S. Muskie, a Democratic Presidential possibility who sponsored the bill, was not informed that it was to be signed. Sponsors are often invited when their bills are signed.
On Thursday, the President signed 66 bills in all -- the most in any one day since he took office two years ago and 30 more than on any previous day.