EARTH DAY AND EASTER

First Things | 4/22/1970 | John Murdock
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Jay Inslee is running for president to save the planet from climate change.

Most of you probably did not know that. Inslee is an arguably successful two-term governor of Washington, but is a second-tier (or third-tier) Democratic presidential candidate—at least partly because climate change is a second-tier (or third-tier) political issue. A recent poll found only six percent of Americans view climate change as the most important issue facing the nation. And the national yawn greeting the forty-ninth anniversary of Earth Day seems to confirm climate change's second-tier status. Even at CNN you have to scroll down pretty far to find any mention of it. The sleepiness may be misplaced—we are yawning over the $22 trillion debt, too—but it accurately reflects the sad state of environmentalism.

New - Deal - Fart - Jokes - Alexandria

Yes, there’s the Green New Deal, but if not for the cow fart jokes it is doubtful Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s green dream would have maintained relevance for multiple news cycles. A senate show vote orchestrated by Mitch McConnell netted no “ayes.” The Democrats were content with a “present” vote to protest procedural shenanigans, but few seem eager to fight it out on the substance.

In some ways, Earth Day is the victim of its own success. Back in 1970, when the celebration was instituted, pollution was more visible. The bald eagle teetered on the edge of extinction. Factories belched dark smoke and lifeless rivers occasionally burst into flame. The Cuyahoga had periodically caught fire for decades, each time greeted largely with a shrug of the shoulders. But on April 22, 1970, a sizable slice of the country finally determined that rivers should not catch on fire.

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Flip through The Environmental Handbook—367 pages prepared for the Environmental Teach-In (as the event was first known before some questionable but successful rebranding)—and you can still feel the intensity and desperation...
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