These former EPA administrators were appointed by four different presidents – two Democrats and two Republicans. So, what could they have in common? All of them have spoken out against the current administration’s environmental policies – as new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt repeats fossil fuel talking points, the president signs extreme executive orders that roll back environmental progress, and a new federal budget proposes to cut EPA funding by 31 percent.
“I would not agree that [CO2 is] a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.”
Scott Pruitt, EPA Administrator
But here’s just some of what these former administrators had to say:
William K. Reilly
EPA Administrator under President George H. W. Bush (1989 - 1993)
“For a prospective EPA administrator to doubt or even contest a conclusion that 11 national academies of science have embraced is willful political obstruction." [Source]
EPA Administrator under President Bill Clinton (1993 - 2001)
“This budget makes significant cuts to programs that protect our air, our water, our land, which is not an American value. Eviscerating resources for scientific research on climate change and pollution is not an American value.” [Source]
"When we think about climate change, we need a moral and ethical component." - Carol Browner— SchoolPublicAffairs (@AU_SPA) November 2, 2016
Christine Todd Whitman
EPA Administrator under President George W. Bush (2001-2003)
“I don’t recall ever having seen an appointment of someone who is so disdainful of the agency and the science behind what the agency does… [Scott Pruitt] obviously doesn’t care much for the agency or any of the regulations it has promulgated. He doesn’t believe in climate change; he wants to roll back the Clean Power Plan.” [Source]
"I think, as a matter of law, that carbon is a pollutant has been settled" -Christine Todd Whitman, Bush's EPA head https://t.co/s0bsgsia6n— Jim Marston (@JimMarston) March 13, 2017
EPA Administrator under President Barack Obama (2013 - 2017)
“This budget… really represents an all-out assault on clean air, water, and land. You just can’t put America first when you put the health of its people and its country last, and that’s what this budget really represents." [Source]
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Science Has No Party Affiliation
It’s clear from the words of these former EPA chiefs — Democrats and Republicans alike – that climate science and the mission of the Environmental Protection Agency shouldn’t be political footballs. But while what’s going on in Washington DC is discouraging at best, we don’t have time to waste on despair and cynicism.
As Climate Reality founder, former US Vice President Al Gore, has said, “We must, we can, and we will solve the climate crisis. No one man or group can stop the encouraging and escalating momentum we are experiencing in the fight to protect our planet.” No matter what’s going on in DC, you can take action. Here are four things you can do right now to be part of the movement to solve the climate crisis:
1. Join us at the People’s Climate March on April 29 (in DC and around the country). Like we saw at the Women’s March in January, regular people like us can send a powerful message to policymakers when we come together in massive numbers and speak with one voice. On April 29, we’re coming together again and marching to demand climate action.
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4. Pledge to #StandWithReality. According to a recent Gallup poll, seven in 10 Americans want to emphasize alternative energy over oil, gas, and coal. Existing renewable technologies like wind and solar are creating millions of jobs around the world and will help us solve the climate crisis. But we have to make sure our leaders insist on truth, accept reality, and listen to science.
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