March 25, 1864:
The St. Joseph Lead Company is founded. The southern Missouri company eventually becomes the Doe Run company. Doe Run encounters a full century of environmental controversies for not only its U.S. operations but those near the mining town of La Oroya, Peru
, considered by some to be one of the most polluted spots on earth.
March 25, 2008:
Polar researchers confirm that the Wilkins Ice Shelf
is on the verge of collapse due to warming temperatures. The immense slab of Antarctic ice is the size of Northern Ireland or the state of Maryland.
March 25, 2009:
Illinois Congressman John Shimkus (at right) quotes the book of Genesis
and the Gospel of Matthew as guarantees that overrule the prevailing science, and that climate change will "not destroy this earth." God's word, the Congressman says, is "infallible, unchanging, perfect."
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