Thursday, February 05, 2009

Our Environment: Cleaner Than Before. Again.

Contrary to the fears of greenies, air, water and ground pollution has been dropping for years, including during Bush-43. EPA emissions data updated through 2007 confirm the trend:
The graph below shows that between 1980 and 2007, gross domestic product increased 124 percent, vehicle miles traveled increased 103 percent, energy consumption increased 30 percent, and U.S. population grew by 33 percent. During the same time period, total emissions of the six principal air pollutants dropped by 52 percent.

source: EPA
And prof Mark Perry on Carpe Diem charts other EPA data on "particulate matter" (PM), which "show that average PM concentrations have decreased over the years by -28% since 1990 for the first measure (PM10) and by -11% since 2000 for the second measure (PM2.5)."

The environment is cleaner now as compared with the past, increasing life expectancy. Not that progressives ever can be persuaded--as always, "they seem convinced the end is near, and zero is the only appropriate ceiling." Or that Western Civ. is transforming the Earth (atmospheric CO2 380 parts per million) into Venus (970,000 parts per million). For "TOOTSIFs," the sky forever is falling.

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