“If Only We Could See All Pollution” reposted from Wend magazine’s Greenery page.
In his final throes as “Worst Environmental President Ever,” W shocked the world when he designated nearly 200,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean as conservation areas. According to ocean conservationist and educator Jean-Michel Cousteau
and the above linked Guardian article, it was at a White House presentation on the state of the oceans (read: world) that got Laura Bush turned on to the subject of conservation. Cousteau showed a variety of images from the Pacific Gyre and L became determined–to the dismay of D (Cheney)–to clean up the mess.
This got me thinking–“That’s the problem!” If we could only see pollution then EVERYONE would fight for cleanup and stop polluting at once. It is the simple fact that we cannot see the sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, volatile organic compounds, mercury, arsenic, lead, cadmium, and smog-forming particulates (for the most part) that coal-fired power plants fill our air and water (and therefore, us) with that keeps coal surviving and keeps these toxic emissions out of the mainstream carbon eliminating/global warming-related “discussion”.
I wish we could see what’s in our air and water… although, maybe ignorance is bliss…