I can’t believe it! The Greenville News has finally used the S-Word – “SMOG!” It was even on the front page of the page. The News has notoriously danced around the issue for years, using euphemisms such as “haze” or “ozone,” but never really owning up to the real problem – pollution. The News has been a supporter of unbridled development, which brings increasing traffic and the clear-cutting of vegetation. More cars mean more carbon in the air, and acre upon acre of pavement creates a heat island that exacerbates the problem.
Over the years I’ve watched as a brownish pall has descended on the city, with there being more days when you can’t see the mountains clearly than not. I just hope that they haven’t come to this realization too late.