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Acid Rain: All talk, no action

When fish started turning belly up in lakes and streams, North America's eyes were suddenly opened to the consequences of pollution. But long after acid rain became a household word and Canada decided to take action, the United States was still hesitant to curb its share of industrial pollutants. For years Prime Minister Brian Mulroney courted a reluctant American president while Canadian activists lobbied and spread the word. Results came eventually, but it may have been too little too late.

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For the past three years, Canadian and American scientists have been studying acid rain. For all their studying, the two sides have come to very different conclusions. American scientists suggest that just because hundreds lakes are already dead doesn't mean hundreds more are dying. The Canadians warn the situation is worsening.
Canadian Federal Environment minister John Roberts describes the two very different points of view to CBC Television.
• U.S. President Ronald Regan used these scientific conclusions to further stall any sort of commitment to addressing acid rain.
Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Feb. 21, 1983
Guest(s): John Roberts
Reporter: Terry Milewski
Duration: 1:58

Last updated: February 6, 2012

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