For John, BLUF: I am not sure banning straws is going to break the camel's back. We are seeing the leading edge of a moral panic. We are making progress and we need to remain calm and carry on. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From Investor's Business Daily, a 2 August 2018 Editorial.
Here are three key paragraphs, excerpted by Law Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds in his blog post:
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%.Then Professor Reynolds goes on to say:
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. 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.
Meanwhile, Europe, despite all the sanctimony, is making no such progress.Is it possible that for the Europeans it isn't so much about the results as it is about the process? I recall a quip, attributed to a German Professor out of Heidelberg:♠
That Works Very Well in Practice, But How Does It Work In Theory?By the way, here is the US EPA Report.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Attributed here to a Boston based magazine back in 1911.