Republican EPA Chiefs Back Clinton, Warn Against Trump

| by Ray Brown

Two former Republican heads of the Environmental Protection Agency endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton because they don't believe her Republican rival, Donald Trump, knows enough about science.

“Donald Trump has shown a profound ignorance of science and of the public health issues embodied in our environmental laws,” wrote William D. Ruckelshaus, head of the EPA under Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, and William K. Reilly, EPA Chief under President George H. W. Bush, in a joint statement, according to Politico. “He hasn’t a clue about Republicans’ historic contributions to science-driven environmental policy.”

Ruckelshaus and Reilly also blasted Trump for claiming climate change “is a hoax,” which they said “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.”

They continued: “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.”

Although Democrats are usually perceived as the party that is more friendly to environmental concerns, it was Nixon that created the EPA and signed the Clean Air Act, as CleanTechnica pointed out. And Ruckelshaus and Reilly noted in their letter that the GOP has been behind other environmental improvements, including “the incontestable environmental improvements in the restored lakes and rivers, the acid rain controls, the reduction of key air pollutants by 70, 80 and 90 percent, and the sharp decline in pollution from automobiles even as their numbers more than doubled.”

With environmental issues being their top concern, Ruckelshaus and Reilly ended their letter by doing what many other Republicans have done this election: support Clinton.

“For us, there is simply no choice in this election,” they wrote. “We Republicans should be shocked, outraged even, at the prospect that all this progress, this legacy will be repudiated and rolled back by Donald Trump. This is a hugely consequential election; the stakes are that high. That is why as Republicans, we support Hillary Clinton for President.”

Sources: CleanTechnica, Politico / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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