Jim Merchant: Environmental cause and effect

January 19, 2014 

When I drive to the coast, I pass many hog farms that have lagoons with aerators, and the smell is terrible. Whenever I read a story about using SolarBees in Jordan Lake, I wonder whether this is what is to become of the lake. This solution does nothing to address the causes of the problem.

Several years ago I spent time in China, and I used to wonder how a country could let its water and air become so polluted. I now realize this is how it happens – little by little, incrementally over time.

I have watched as our streams and lakes have suffered from pollution and as signs have appeared warning us not to eat the fish. Is this really what we want to do to the environment and how we want to live?

Jim Merchant

Raleigh

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