Boomers started it

This is a copy of a letter from my Dad to the Federal Energy Administrator. My Dad [who I’ve kept relatively anonymous] is a so-called “boomer.” And this is what a “boomer” had to say to his government on the state of the environment. The letter is dated 5 March 1975.


Federal Energy Administration

12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington, D.C. 20461

Dear Sir:

During March, the EPA will be holding hearings on the motion of the automobile industry to postpone higher emission standards on 1977 model cars. This is but another indication of this industry’s deliberate procrastination in coming to grips with the vital issue of environmental protection as well as its evasion of energy conservation problems. I fully realize the gravity of the present economic crisis and its effect upon the automobile industry, but this is certainly no time to make environmental sacrifices and condone a wasteful energy policy. The automobile industry must be convinced that it has to comply with the high standards. I urge you to work for this policy.

Your Truly,

[Dinsdale Piranha]

Dad also wrote a letter to the EPA [let’s call that the “other operation”].

The protests for environmental protection and awareness. Boomers started it. Or at least kept it going. The generations before them would be the minds creating the EPA and NEPA and Earth Day.

So maybe those who came before us weren’t all careless idiots. Maybe they could teach us something if we listen to them, and if they listen to us.

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