Earth Day at 50: How Capitalism Almost Destroyed the Planet and How It Might Save It

An abandoned parking lot in the vicinity of Love Canal
An abandoned parking lot in the vicinity of Love Canal. Buffalutheran / CC0

As we approach the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, it is worth analyzing the evolution of environmental policies in the United States: where we were prior to the environmental movements of the 1960s and 1970s, what those movements gave us, and how our current environmental innovations are guided by free market enterprise. Is Greta Thunberg correct…