A careful read of this article in Science Daily leads inexorably to one appalling conclusion: scientific experts - let alone average people - have absolutely no idea what is going on in the atmosphere. There are so many emissions reacting to each other and to radiation that it's anarchy in the skies.
Sorry, Obama, the Clean Air Act was not the success greenwashing industry and government pretend it is, and the forests in New Hampshire and everywhere else are decidedly NOT healthy. Here’s an excerpt from an interview with Dr. Charles Driscoll, but any internet search about acid rain will reveal the lasting, persistent damage and the ongoing deposition from multiple sources:
"larryo: So on acid rain. It’s below the radar of the media these days. Any idea why?
cdriscoll: I sent you the Science Links report and paper we did a few years ago to try to bring it back to the public attention. I think it is because the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments addressed the problem in part and the media and public have the perception that the problem is solved. Also other national and global environmental problems have emerged."
from this interview: http://dsc.discovery.com/ earth/ im-interview/ acid-rain-driscoll.html
It’s not going to be possible to solve our emissions problems if we don’t start getting realistic about the scope of the impacts.
I might have added these links (but that would have put me into moderation purgatory): This information from Virginia contains the following ominous passage:
"Scientists knew that the 40 percent [reduction in admissions] was not going to be enough to stop acidifying streams in some places," Bulger says. "That number was never scientifically based. It was a compromise."
This is terrifying because it is exactly what all sorts of policies to address global warming propose to do - make compromises that aren't based on the science. That approach didn't work for reducing acidity in soils, streams and lakes - killing fish, vegetation, amphibians and birds - and it's not going to save humans from catastrophic climate change, either! You can't argue with Mother Nature - she doesn't care about the Senate, the Congress, the lobbyists, or even you or me.
And for anyone who really wants to wallow in the theatre of the absurd, here is a story from ten years ago in the New York Times, exemplifying just how quaint is any concern about toxic emissions.
And now, an uplifting palindrome (or semordnilap? whatever...) that has had over 10 million views on YouTube!