If the health and environmental impacts are so bad and not continuous improving, where have the EPA, HHS, USDA, and other responsible Federal and State Agencies been all these years? Also, how do you explain why the average life spans and general heath of Residents have continuously increased very significantly over the years? Today, one of the largest causes of annual deaths (480,000) is due to smoking (primary & secondary exposure). Why are people allowed to still smoke? The top 3 causes for fatalities are heart disease, cancer and respiratory. Smoking obviously contributes to all three of these poor health conditions.
In the somewhat distant past fossil fuels were also major contributors to health issues, but with the Clean Air and Water Acts and other Regulations (OSHA for example), these risks have been reduced substantially and most often eliminated since the 1970’s. Today, how much do you believe negative health problems are caused by lifestyle choices such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and general poor eating/drinking habits or lack of exercise?
Yes, some fossil fuels such as coal power plant stack emissions should continue to be improved, but to imply we have made no progress in improving and preventing deterioration of our residential environments or ecosystems appears to be a convenient omission of the actual facts and progress made over the years.