Four former directors of the U.S., EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) spoke out against the Trump administration’s environmental policies, especially his executive orders that have gutted progress made under previous administrations.
Two of the administrators Willian K. Reilly and Christine Todd Whitman were appointed by the Bushs. Carol Browner was appointed by President Bill Clinton and Gina McCarthy was appointed by President Obama. Their experience covers the last 28 years and their opinions represent a broad non-partisan take on environmental issues and the importance of appropriate EPA actions.
The appointment of Scott Pruitt (an outspoken climate change denier) as the new director of the EPA, his subsequent drastic budget cuts to essential EPA programs and his demand to get out of the Paris Accord came in for special condemnation.
William K. Reilly
William K. Reilly, who served as Director of the EPA under George H.W. Bush, urges confronting Trump on Climate Denial, and is dismayed that a climate change skeptic (Scott Pruitt) has been appointed to head the EPA. (photo – climate one)
Christine Todd Whitman
“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.” Said Christine Todd Whitman, EPA Head under Geroge W. Bush.
Gina McCarthy (EPA Director under President Obama) gave her opinion on EPA budget cuts: “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.” (photo – rickwells-us)
Carol Browner (served under President Clinton) added: “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.” (photo – www.bluebird-electric.net)
The EPA Is Not Political Football
Former vice-president Al Gore urges all of us to take action:
- By joining in on demonstrations like the People’s Climate Change March held last April 29, in Washington and across the country. If you missed this one, know that there will be many more in the future.
- Stay connected by subscribing to email alerts to the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training program and join with other committed activists.
- You can take one action every day to minimize climate change. Find out more from Years of Living Dangerously.
- Take the pledge to #StandWithReality and make your voice heard. Recent polls show that 70% of Americans choose renewable energy technologies like solar and wind over the continued use of fossil fuels. Make sure your leaders know where you stand.
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