Monday, May 28, 2007

Rachel Carson

Dust off your copy of Silent Spring this week. Yesterday marked Rachel Carson's 100th birthday. Her best selling book (published first in The New Yorker) gave rise to the modern environmental movement, which ultimately led to the creation of the EPA, the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts, as well as the Federal Endangered Species Act. With the current administration's all too common practice of gutting environmental policies, one must wonder what Carson would say today. It's likely she would have found the president's anti-environmental stance shocking, but having worked for the federal government early in life, she probably would not have been too surprised.

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