Join Me Monday for Earth Day!

Next Monday, April 22, is Earth Day. Again. But on Monday I’ll be “returning to the scene of the crime,” in a manner of speaking, to revisit the annual Earth Day project I carried on for nearly 20 years starting way back in 1994: the Index of Leading Environmental Indicators.

Back when I started doing that annual report, The Economist magazine suggested that claiming the environment is a cause for optimism is “beyond the pale of respectable discourse.” So naturally I pointed out just how most environmental conditions in the U.S. were rapidly improving—but the media and certainly doom-and-gloom environmental groups would never tell you this.

But much has changed since then, and I think the hinge decade was the aughts, and now there are a large number of serious thinkers who note environmental improvement in the U.S. and increasing the rest of the world too, and it’s not just odd contrarians like me, Julian Simon, or Ben Wattenberg. The case for environmental optimism is going mainstream, with one conspicuous exception that everyone knows: c—— c—–.

So on Monday morning at 10 am eastern time, the American Enterprise Institute is hosting me and Roger Pielke Jr. to review this story, and you can watch online if you register ahead of time. Or if you are busy working you’ll be able to take it in on tape delay. Sign up at the link.

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