"The heavens reek, the waters below are foul … we are in a crisis of survival," said Walter Cronkite, hyping the first Earth Day, back in 1970. But we've survived since then, and most of life got better.
This progress has occurred despite most of the efforts from environmentalists, John Stossel argues. Time and again, environmentalists oppose things most likely to make the world cleaner and safer, and instead persuade politicians to spend billions of dollars on symbolism like "renewable" energy. Environmentalism is now more religion than science, and it even comes with built-in doomsday stories.