Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Reagan, Bush EPA Chiefs Endorse Clinton, Say Trump 'Hasn't a Clue'

William Ruckelshaus (Credit: ef.org) Click to Enlarge.Two Republican U.S. EPA administrators endorsed Hillary Clinton for president today, saying that Donald Trump's views on climate change and other environmental issues pushed them to reject their party's nominee.

William Ruckelshaus, who held the top EPA post under Presidents Nixon and Reagan, and William Reilly, who served under President George H.W. Bush, said Trump is undermining the Republican Party's legacy on conservation.
William K. Reilly (Credit: epa.gov) Click to Enlarge.
"Donald Trump has shown a profound ignorance of science and of the public health issues embodied in our environmental laws," the former officials said in a statement released by the Clinton campaign.  They added that Trump "hasn't a clue" about the environmental achievements of their party, such as the creation of EPA under Nixon and the enactment of the Montreal Protocol under Reagan.

"That Trump would call climate change a hoax — the singular health and environmental threat to the world today — flies in the face of overwhelming international science and the public conviction and commitment of almost 200 national governments that adopted the Paris Agreement on climate change in December 2015," the two former officials wrote.  "Our leadership was essential to that agreement.  To back away now, as Trump wants to do, would set the world back decades — years we could never recover.  The young people in this country deserve far better than that as our legacy."

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