Maybe it’s because there are so many other things for Americans to worry about (making the mortgage payment, getting a job or keeping a job, for example), but according to a recent Gallup Poll (www.gallup.com) conducted March 8-11, 2012 (http://www.gallup.com/poll/153875/Worry-Water-Air-Pollution-Historical-Lows.aspx), worrying about water and air pollution have both declined significantly and to historic lows. In fact, both numbers reflect a decline of more than 20% since 2000. Concern about global warming, which has always been relatively low (despite the hype) declined an additional 10%, while pollution of rivers, lakes and reservoirs; contamination of soil and water by toxic waste; loss of tropical rain forests and extinction of plant and animal species all declined as well.
Gallup speculates that the decline might be due to the notion that Americans are more positive and about the environment today than they were in 2000 (that seems to be stating the obvious), in addition to Americans' increased concern over personal economic issues, which they suggest might be distracting Americans. My personal belief is that Americans are making judgments with their eyes and noses (rather than just what they read), and both provide undeniable proof that the US has made tremendous environmental progress, not just in the last 12 years, but in the last 30, across the board. The reasons for the improvement have been many but, overall, they have been due to the power of sensible regulation and awareness (especially about what each individual and company can do to help) combining with proactive industry attention to improving what can be improved. Amazing thought, pay attention to a problem and the problem gets better. Best of all, the Environment, both due to its own restorative capabilities as well as continued positive action of all Americans, will only continue to improve. Congratulations!
Is improving the US debt crisis next . . . ?