Note that energy use tracks population, not growth. Growth is good, and miles driven track that. Clean air is getting better, and has been since 1970.In the image, the scale starts at 5-years, then in 1995 switches to one-year.

In the USA, and most of the developed world, the reason we have so many problems and worries is because we have no real problems. None of us are actually worried about our next meal, nor our shoes, nor a roof over our head. Apparently the average American family near the poverty line with a high school senior will spend upwards of two thousand dollars for prom this year. Obviously poverty is not a real problem in this country, not to mention the ever increasing rate of obesity.

These percentages are actually scary. Over one third of Americans are “worried a great deal” about the general availability of sufficiently clean air and water for general health? Really? In 1970 there was a significant problem. As Willis E. has pointed out, that was a reasonable use of the force of the state, but the problem was solved by the mid ’80s, and these regulators exist only to justify their own existence now. Now the most dangerous substance known to mankind is EPA, at least in the USA.

Don’t take my word for it. The EPA is proud to let us know that they succeeded decades ago. They just refuse to go away.

Watts Up With That?

I missed this last Friday, but better late than never. From Gallup Worry About U.S. Water, Air Pollution at Historical Lows. Looks like a double body-blow to admitted document thief Dr. Peter Gleick; Americans don’t share his top two concerns on water and climate, probably because of the actions of zealots like him.

Trend: I'm going to read you a list of environmental problems. As I read each one, please tell me if you personally worry about this problem a great deal, a fair amount, only a little, or not at all.

These results are based on Gallup’s annual Environment poll, conducted March 8-11. The trends are part of a broader decline in worry about environmental threats documented in the poll.

Gallup asked Americans to say how much they worry about each of seven environmental problems. All show significantly less worry today than in 2000, when worry was at or near its high point for each item. The declines in concern about drinking-water pollution and air pollution are the largest for the problems included in this year’s poll.

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