Happy Earth Day! Today, I am pointing out that climate isn't the only environmental issue the U.S. and the planet is confronting. Pollution of all kinds is another one, which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created to combat. The results have been generally successful, as The Verge describes in Why most Americans support the EPA.
The future of the EPA is uncertain. We look back at why the agency was created in the first place, and why we still need it today.The video is two years old, but its points are still valid, even after Scott Pruitt has left as EPA Administrator.
Two of the most read entries of the eighth year of this blog were about the EPA, so follow over the jump for how they and another about the Trump Administration's environmental policies earned their page views.
Vox and The Dodo explain how Trump's border wall disrupts nature and is bad for animals from April 19, 2018 may not be about the EPA, but it was about environmental policy. It ended the blogging year that ended last month as the 13th most read entry overall with 5019 raw page views. This post had 134 raw page views before being shared to the Coffee Party USA Facebook page at 10:00 P.M. on May 1, 2018. It earned 1707 page views in the first two hours and ~3800 page views in the first 24 hours after being shared. It maxed out at 4830 default and 4899 raw page views at 7:59 P.M. EDT on May 18, 2018. It ended May 2018 with 4717 default page views to become the third most read entry of the month.
Two entries chronicled the conflict between California and other states with the EPA over relaxing fuel efficiency standards. The more popular was EPA announces relaxed fuel efficiency standards, California and other states vow to fight them from August 3, 2018. It earned most of its 2228 raw page views by being shared at the Coffee Party USA Facebook page and ended the blogging year as the 35th most read entry during the year and the 34th actually posted between March 21, 2018 and March 20, 2019. The entry ended August with 2096 default and 2181 raw page views to rank fifth for the month.
EPA relaxing fuel efficiency standards, setting up fight with California from April 3, 2018 was the other top entry with 2190 raw page views, enough to rank it 37th overall and 36th among entries posted during the eighth year of this blog. It earned ~1300 page views in the first two hours and ~1800 page views in the first 24 hours after being shared at the Coffee Party USA Facebook page at 9:00 P.M on April 4, 2018. Infidel 753 also linked to it at Crooks&Liars. The entry ended April 2018 with 2077 default and 2121 raw page views, which earned it ninth place overall but fourth place among entries actually posted during April 2018. It tied for most comments among entries posted during April with 2 comments.
I'm not done with top environmental posts from last year. I expect to post one more installment in this retrospective series for an Earth Week Throwback Thursday. Stay tuned.
Previous posts in this series
- Happy Birthday to the blog and Nowruz Mubarak (Happy Persian New Year)!
- Statistics for the eighth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News
- 'Frontline' updates 'Facebook knows your political affiliation and much more,' the top post of the eighth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News
- CBC News updates proportional representation, topic of the second most read posts of the seventh and eighth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News, plus voting machines
- Wonkette reacts to its Media Bias Chart placement, an update to 'A comparison of two measures of media bias shows readers and viewers respond to both ideology and quality'
- The 2018-2019 flu season is experiencing a second wave, an update to 'Flu killed 80,000 Americans last year, including 183 children, the CDC reported, so get a a flu shot'
- Trump Administration designating Iranian Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization updates 'U.S. leaving Iran nuclear agreement pushes U.S. oil price above $70 plus driving update for May 2018: Pearl,' a top post of the eighth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on Brexit, which is now delayed until October 31, plus John Oliver for the eighth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News
- Vox explains tax reform for Tax Day plus taxes and economics for the eighth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News
- Company Man on JCPenney's decline updates tales of the Retail Apocalypse for the eighth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News
- Vox on coverage of the Green New Deal updates climate change for the eighth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News
- DOOM for the fourth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News
- Space and sustainability news for the fifth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News
- Verge Science updates bees on the endangered species list plus environmental policy for the seventh year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News