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When the World Didn’t End


Today on Uncommon Knowledge, Steven Hayward, himself a frequent contributor to this happy Corner. 

A fellow at both the Pacific Research Institute and the American Enterprise Institute and the author of the forthcoming second and final volume of the definitive biography, The Age of Reagan, Steve is also the moving force behind the annual Index of Leading Environmental Indicators.  This year’s edition begins by noting the anniversaries of two environmental catastrophes. 

In 1989, the Exxon Valdez spilled more than ten million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound off the coast of Alaska.  Twenty years earlier, in 1969, the Cuyahoga River was so thick with pollutants that it caught fire, sending oily black smoke billowing into the sky for half an hour.  Today on Uncommon Knowledge, Steve discusses the astonishingly rapid and complete recoveries of both Prince William Sound and the Cuyahoga River.

Why, pray, do we never hear about such amazing examples of the planet’s resilience?  Because, Steve explains, environmentalists

are outraged to hear good news because it runs against the narrative that everything is always coming to an end.

For a slightly belated Earth Day celebration with Steve Hayward, click here.


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