It’s the 46th Anniversary of Earth Day. I remember when it was created. We were so young and had so much hope for environmental quality and our lives.
As the years roll on, protecting the environment continues to be challenging. Corporations and business focus on profits. Cutting down trees to build houses on, using prime agricultural land for housing, and polluting streams are everyday occurrences.
And, there’s always the fight with conservatives who want to cut the size of government, with the elimination of valuable government programs. It goes on and on.
I, for one, appreciate the work of the nation’s environmental agencies. I just spent most of the day writing about the preliminary agreement between government regulators and Volkswagen on the company’s installation of faulty software in 2-liter diesel cars. The default device reduces emissions when official tests are being conducted. Then, it switches back to emitting 40 times the allowable level of pollution.