Wednesday, April 29, 2009

We're All going To Die

The Beer: My "Young Apprentice" to be appears to be no longer interested in the craft, so I'll be brewing the Blonde on my own.

The Bicycle: Bugs are swarming along the Lake (where it's cooler). A "do-rag" is in order.


At least this article has an hint of intellectual honesty.

The number is much higher than last year's figure of about 125 million people because (of) recent changes...

And if you read the article, you will see that I quoted this out-of-context. But I did so to highlight what appears to be a pattern. Anytime environmental conditions improve, the requirements change to make the better conditions seem worse. Why not celebrate the improved environment? I'm old enough to remember when Lake Erie was dead from pollution and the Cuyahoga River caught on fire. The south end of Lake Michigan was awful. The air was full of soot and God-knows-what-else. Especially in places like Chicago, Gary, Pittsburgh, Birmingham and Baltimore where the steel industry was belching pollutants with no controls at all. Love Canal and Times Beach anyone?

Are there improvements to be made? Sure. Are we all doomed by air pollution? Much less so than 50 years ago.

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