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 Post subject: Earth Day: EPA Battles Examined Through 'Documerica'
PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 2:01 pm 
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Earth Day: EPA Battles Examined Through 'Documerica'

A polluted drainage ditch that once flowed with industrial waste from Lake Charles, La., petrochemical plants teems with overgrown, wild plants today.

A light-rail line zips past the spot where a now-defunct Portland, Ore., gasoline station advertised in 1972 that it had run out of gas.

A smoking Jersey City, N.J., dump piled with twisted, rusty metal has disappeared, along with the twin towers of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan that were its backdrop.

Forty years after the Environmental Protection Agency sent an army of nearly 100 photographers across the country to capture images at the dawn of environmental regulation, The Associated Press went back for Earth Day this year to see how things have changed. It is something the agency never got to do because the Documerica program, as it was called, died in 1978, the victim of budget cuts.

AP photographers returned to more than a dozen of those locations in recent weeks, from Portland to Cleveland and Corpus Christi, Texas. Of the 20,000 photos in the archive, the AP selected those that focused on environmental issues, rather than the more general shots of everyday life in the 1970s.

Gone are the many obvious signs of pollution – clouds of smoke billowing from industrial chimneys, raw sewage flowing into rivers, garbage strewn over beaches and roadsides – that heightened environmental awareness in the 1970s, and led to the first Earth Day and the EPA's creation in 1970. Such environmental consciousness caused Congress to pass almost unanimously some of the country's bedrock environmental laws in the years that followed.

Today's pollution problems aren't as easy to see or to photograph. Some in industry and politics question whether environmental regulation has gone too far and whether the risks are worth addressing, given their costs.


IF THE REPUBLICANS CAPTURE THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE SENATE IN NOVEMBER, THE EPA WILL PROBABLY DISAPPEAR. THE GRAND OLD PEDOPHILES DON'T WANT ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. IT DOESN'T BENEFIT THEIR BIG CORPORATE DONORS.

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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 11:48 pm 
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Isn't it odd, with weather going crazy, people seem be less interested in pollution and what causes it or how to fix the problems.

Propaganda goes a long way doesn't it. But what do we do about it???

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:07 pm 
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Propaganda goes a long way doesn't it. But what do we do about it???


We just continue to try to argue against the stupids, dori, but that gets so tiresome after awhile, doesn't it? They're so brain-washed by those who want them to believe that the world is flat and that humans co-existed with dinosaurs. I now just refer the same stupids to various websites and authors who know about the scientific evidence and can word their explanations much better than I can. :drunken:

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