Two recent Gallup polls are bad news for the environmental alarmists.
The graph below shows the percentage of Americans who rate the quality of the environment as excellent, fair and poor. The latest results show that 50% rate the environmental quality as excellent, 40% fair and only 10% say the quality of their environment is poor. This has to be astounding considering that the American people have been hectored by whacko environmentalism for the last 50 years.
Praise and thanks should go to those who have actually done their part to improve the quality of the environment. They are the people you never hear about, the ones who have quietly been at work improving the emissions of cars and trucks so that the air quality in most major cities has improved beyond the wildest dreams of anyone who remembers the smog of the 1960s and 1970s. The lakes and rivers of the upper Midwest and East were toxic sewers a mere 50 years ago and today they are, for the most part, clean, healthy and thriving fisheries. The whacko environmentalists are loathe to admit any of this because their power, influence and ability to raise money depends on an ever-continuing narrative of environmental doom.
As Steven Hayward says, “Well, at least there’s global warming. Wait—you say that’s not working either?”
No, Sorry. Gallup again:
…the nature of the environmental agenda may indirectly be influencing Americans’ concern. The primary focus of the environmental movement has shifted toward long-term threats like global warming — issues about which Americans tend to worry less than about more immediate threats like pollution. Importantly, even as global warming has received greater attention as an environmental problem from politicians and the media in recent years, Americans’ worry about it is no higher now than when Gallup first asked about it in 1989.
All this is more evidence of an eternal truth of life. Since the beginning of human civilization there have always been a two distinct factions of people; those who are problem solvers and another who are mere problem complainers. The problem solvers seek answers and solutions to problems, and resolutions to fractious political issues. The complainers have no interest in solutions to problems or resolutions to issues. They depend upon and they thrive on the problems and the issues.
Lawyers, at least the ones who think about it, know this because it is that second group that make up their best clients; they are the ones who sustain lawyers’ incomes (if you can get them to pay their bill).