Earth Day 2014 and Procrastination

High Noon

Earth Day 2014 has come and gone, so I thought I would share a few random thoughts on where we are on some environmental issues.

I visited Sleeping Bear Dunes in 1997. The new wilderness designation preserves 65 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, several inland lakes, some offshore islands, the magnificent sand dunes, and many bluff (including Sleeping Bear Bluff). I visited Sleeping Bear Dunes in 1997. The new wilderness designation preserves 65 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, several inland lakes, some offshore islands, the magnificent sand dunes, and many bluffs (including Sleeping Bear Bluff).

In March, the U.S. Congress utilized the Wilderness Act of 1964 for the first time in five years to permanently protect the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan. This was such a popular idea in Michigan that even Michigan’s Republican delegation in Washington voted for it. What is truly remarkable is that the current House of Representatives, which is controlled by the Fox-Republican-TEA Party,  is certainly the most dysfunctional House in U.S. history and one of the most anti-environmental. Nevertheless, by voice vote, the House unanimously supported this new…

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