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PA i love you, but you’re bringing me down

A 35 mm slide I took of the Clairton Steel Works in Clairton PA, 2010

An excerpt from the Pennsylvania State Constitution:

Natural Resources and the Public Estate
Section 27.

The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.

After reading this section of the Pennsylvania State Constitution I was shocked; this clause has clearly been ignored through out the states history.  Western Pennsylvania, where I live has filthy water, and our old growth forests have been completely decimated. Our air is not clean; even with the decline of our industrial sector we still have pollutants in our air and a rising number asthma cases as a result.  Industry has destroyed this states environmental commons.  I wish the politicians declaring war on the EPA saying that it is hurting our economy would come to Pittsburgh so they could see first hand what it looks like when you don’t enforce environmental regulations.

check out this information from a local news agency: