Posted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:56 am Post subject: Environmental Progress!!!
When It Comes To The Environment, These Are The Good Ol' Days
Cleaning Up: Green groups and their uncritical media allies would have you believe that the world is going to hell in a hand basket, at least when it comes to the environment. Despite the scary headlines, the real news is that our environment is getting cleaner all the time.
We were reminded of this once again while reading the Environmental Protection Agency's latest report on air quality. It's an eye opener.
Those who are older than 50 can remember a time when the U.S.' air was fouled with pollutants, especially in major cities. In the 1960s and 1970s, for instance, kids were regularly called indoors from playing outside when skies became smoggy.
Those days are gone. Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of companies and, yes, the EPA, the air we breathe has become much, much cleaner.
"Through federal and state implementation of the Clean Air Act and technological advances in the private sector," wrote acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, "America has achieved one of the great public-private successes of our time — dramatically improving air quality and public health while simultaneously growing the nation's population and economy."
That's not just talk. From 1970 to 2017, the six major pollutants monitored by the EPA plunged by 73%. By comparison, during that time the U.S.' economy grew 262% and its population by 60%.
The decline in pollution is steep. Carbon monoxide, down 77%. Lead, 80%. Nitrogen oxide, 56%. Ozone, 22%. Particle pollution, off an average 38%. Sulfur dioxide, 88%.
Not included in the report, but equally if not more significant, is the fact that CO2 — the main greenhouse gas — overall has plunged 29% since peaking in 2007. 9emphasis added.) That's been the relentless focus of global warming activists and the left-leaning power elites from their policy perches at think tanks, NGOs, and global government organizations such as the U.N. [....]
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