Feb 8, 1965: President Lyndon Johnson’s special message to Congress

LBJ, fresh from winning the ’64 election and playing escalatio with the Vietnamese (Gulf of Tonkin and all that), gave a “special message” to congress on conservation and restoration of natural beauty.” It includes the sentences-

Air pollution is no longer confined to isolated places. This generation has altered the composition of the atmosphere on a global scale through radioactive materials and a steady increase in carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.

Context:

This in the immediate aftermath too of Rachel Carson’s seminal book Silent Spring and general unease about the costs of “progress”. Roger Revelle was, I think, involved in drafting the bit on climate

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