Cheer Up, Earth Day Is Over
The most practical way to combat global warming is not through asceticism but through technology - the way we averted the famines and energy shortages forecast on past Earth Days. Air pollution has declined not because Americans drive less and turn off lights but because cars and power plants have become cleaner.
April 23, 2006
by John Tierney
in New York Times
Now that we have survived another Earth Day - the annual attempt to heal the planet by making its human inhabitants feel worse - I have a short quiz to cheer you up:
1) In most places in the United States, is the air dirtier than it was two decades ago?
2) Has the amount of forest land in America been shrinking?
3) To combat global warming, which country is leading new international efforts to reduce annual emissions of greenhouse gases by a greater amount than the Kyoto Protocol?
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