There are a few of us who remember the 50’s and 60’s before the environmental movement got going. We had leaded gas, no emissions limits, few wastewater and chemical dumping limits. There was a yellow/orange pall in the sky over Baton Rouge. Lake Pnchartrain was dying due to Shell dredging and effluent from uncontrolled sewer runoff on the north shore. Smog from refineries, steel mills, power plants etc enveloped cities across the country. Ground water was contaminated and threatened by uncontrolled waste injection wells (I can tell you a couple of horror stories about Ethyl in BR). In the 70’s the EPA came in and mandated major changes in all the areas I mentioned above. The results are the air and water are cleaner than they have been in 100+ years. I can give you the litany but you know it. Enviormentally we’re so much better off and our country is healthier in every way. This didn’t come without costs however as nothing is free. Companies, cities, states and the USA spent is still spending billions maybe trillions of dollars on this clean up. Much of that money was spent on things that had no addition to corporate profits or capital spending to improve and increase production. Frankly this cost us in jobs and better wages. It took our collective eyes off being more competitive and winning the international battle for economic leadership. Worst of all it gave the federal government more power over our lives. They can come in to your private property and stop you from improving it in the name of the environment. They’re continuing to enforce stricter and stricter laws. Are these new laws necessary? Are they good? Can they be stopped? I think that in the balance we’re much better off for what has been done. I’ve been deeply involved in the process and results as I sell electrical equipment to all the companies up and down the river. I’ve seen what they had to do, and still have to. I’ve seen the impact on capital improvements canceled because of environmental regulations. I also go into those plants feeling much safer and better about the air I breathe in and around them. I’d like input from you all, especially @Kikicaca as he’s old enough to remember clearly and he’s fighting the climate change issue. This isn’t about climate change on the macro scale but our local environment. What say you?