But, Stephen Moore from the Heritage Foundation has a different point of view. In a recent Washington Times column he wrote:
“Forty-five years ago when the first Earth Day was held, the catastrophe that awaited us was mass starvation, overpopulation, our supplies of oil and gas running on empty, and even a coming second ice age.
“Every single one of those predictions was spectacularly wrong. The opposite occurred.
“But the doomsday machine rolls on. This is one of the greatest mis-information campaigns in world history. The state of our planet has never been stronger. Nature has never been more bountiful.”
Moore goes on to say, “Global per capita food production is 40 percent higher today than as recently as 1950. In most nations the nutrition problem today is obesity—too many calories consumed—not hunger.”
“Air and water are cleaner than ever. Since the late 1970s, pollutants in the air have plunged. Lead pollution plunged by more than 90 percent, carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide by more than 50 percent, with ozone and nitrogen dioxide declining as well, ” Moore writes.
Thanks to fracking, we have the largest reserves of natural gas in the world. Oil production is booming. Retail gas prices have come down.
Without the fracking success, ask yourself, what would oil prices be with all the current turmoil in the Middle East? Gas prices would have soared to $5 or $6 per gallon. Our economy would have shrunk. We might well have had a recession. But instead, our economy strengthened thanks to fracking and our domestic oil and natural gas surpluses!
The stock market continues to reach new highs with the Dow index at 18,000+. This benefits millions of Americans, not just the rich. Remember, stocks are part of worker’s 401k’s, IRA’s and other retirement plans. However, no one talks about that.
Government vs. Free Enterprise
Too many Americans believe that government control is the answer to our problems. They want to mandate toilet controls, the light bulbs we buy and the kind of energy we use.
Wrong! Activities like these only restrict choice and increase costs.
Look to Europe and you will see the impact of “Big Government” everywhere.
It Does Not Work!!!
Let’s take a few minutes and reflect on the great things we have in America. Enough of the “Gloom and Doom.”
Instead, let’s talk about our many successes.
- Salute our progress in energy…Don’t try to shut it down.
- Quit trying to pick “Winners and Losers” in the energy field and elsewhere. Let the free marketplace make these choices.
- Stop “Regulation Mania.” Let us decide which light bulbs we want to buy.
America’s success was built on freedom of choice and a strong belief in our opportunities.
America is a great country. Let’s celebrate our many successes!!!