Tuesday, October 8, 2013

EPA Adminstrators for Nixon, Reagan, G H W Bush, G W Bush "We Must Address Climate Change"

Here's a little jewel form the TCWP Newsletter:

Republican former EPA heads endorse climate action

On August 1, The New York Times carried an OpEd by four former EPA administrators who had served during Republican administrations: William Ruckelshaus (Nixon; Reagan), Lee Thomas (Reagan), Bill Reilly (Bush, Sr.), and Christine Todd Whitman (Bush, Jr,). Their message: “The United States must move now on substantive steps to curb climate change, at home and internationally.”
There is no longer any credible scientific debate about the basic facts, they say, and the costs of inaction are undeniable. Because the best path to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, a carbon tax, is unachievable in the current political gridlock, they recommend the achievable actions laid out in Pres. Obama’s June climate action plan (NL310 ¶6A). “Rather than argue against his proposals, our leaders in Congress should endorse them and start the overdue debate about what bigger steps are needed and how to achieve them — domestically and internationally.”

They remind us that “conservative principles” that guided their actions under four Republican presidents helped them tackle major environmental challenges to the nation and the world, e.g., major water pollution, the ozone hole, and acid rain. “And despite critics’ warnings, our economy has continued to grow. … We can have both a strong economy and a livable climate.”

Their conclusion: “The only uncertainty about our warming world is how bad the changes will get, and how soon. What is most clear is that there is no time to waste.”

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