Republicans Back Urgent Climate Action

Four former EPA heads in Republican administrations, from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush, have penned an op-ed in The Times calling on members of all parties to support President Obama's recent climate initiatives and do more to curtail warming.

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August 2, 2013, 12:00 PM PDT

By Jonathan Nettler @nettsj


"EACH of us took turns over the past 43 years running the Environmental Protection Agency. We served Republican presidents, but we have a message that transcends political affiliation: the United States must move now on substantive steps to curb climate change, at home and internationally," say William D. Ruckelshaus, Lee M. Thomas, William K. Reilly, and Christine Todd Whitman.

"There is no longer any credible scientific debate about the basic facts: our world continues to warm, with the last decade the hottest in modern records, and the deep ocean warming faster than the earth’s atmosphere," they add. Just this week, for instance, Greenland experienced its highest temperature ever recorded.

"If we could articulate one framework for successful governance, perhaps it should be this: When confronted by a problem, deal with it. Look at the facts, cut through the extraneous, devise a workable solution and get it done," they urge. 

"We can have both a strong economy and a livable climate. All parties know that we need both. The rest of the discussion is either detail, which we can resolve, or purposeful delay, which we should not tolerate."

Thursday, August 1, 2013 in The New York Times

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