Earth Day 2021


Last updated 4/21/2021 at 4:05pm

April 22, 1970, was the first Earth Day, inspired, among other things, by Vietnam War protests, a California coastal oil spill and a river on fire in Pittsburgh. It led in the next five years to the Clean Water and Air Acts, the EPA, the National Environmental Policy, Forest Management, and Endangered Species Acts among others, a truly monumental change in our nation’s attitudes toward our shared environment.

It also led to a growing backlash, still with us today. All of the rules established to implement these laws began to be seen as burdensome costs imposed on business rather than a...

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