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GOP and Climate: Four Old Sheriffs Ride Back Into Town

The debate in Washington over climate change in America today is pretty hard for us outsiders to comprehend. Think of two duplex owners discussing their old, leaking roof:

  • Water’s pouring in. We’ve got to replace the roof.
  • I don’t think it’s leaking. And if it is, we can’t afford a new one.
  • It’s getting worse with every rain. If we don’t replace it, the whole house will be shot.
  • You just want to make me spend more money. I don’t see water coming in on my side.
  • Whatever you see, the inspection report warned us that the roof needed replacement. Now mold is growing everywhere.
  • Those inspectors are in cahoots with the roofing contractors. The cost of a roof will break me.
  • I need a new neighbor, or else my house is history.
  • I need a new neighbor, who won’t bother me with all this leak hysteria.

In today’s polarized environment, President Obama and many Democrats want to fix the roof – or in this case, the climate crisis. Most Republican politicians wish they’d just back off.

But it wasn’t always that way. In fact, the GOP has a rich heritage when it comes to environmental protection. And a couple of days ago, four old GOP sheriffs rode back into town to help us clean up this mess. They’re the leaders of the EPA who served under Nixon, Reagan, Bush-one and Bush-two. (That’s every elected Republican president since Eisenhower.) Together, they were responsible for setting up the EPA in the first place, banning the pesticide DDT, setting auto-emission standards, phasing out toxic lead from gasoline, limiting ozone-destroying CFCs, cleaning up the PCBs from the Hudson River, controlling acid rain, cleaning toxins out of the Chesapeake Bay, and countless other measures to protect us, our children and our ecosystems.

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Nixon set up the EPA; Reagan cleaned up the Chesapeake.

You may not even know their names: William Ruckelshaus served under Republican presidents Nixon and Reagan; Lee Thomas ran the EPA for Reagan; William Reilly served under George H.W. Bush; and Christine Todd Whitman was George W. Bush’s EPA chief. If you’re breathing clean air, drinking clean water, or eating food free of toxins, you can probably thank one or all of them.

They’re Republicans. They’re smart. They understand environmental hazards as well as just about anybody.

And last Friday, they published a joint call on Congress that they called A Republican Case for Climate Action.

“The United States must move now on substantive steps to curb climate change, at home and internationally,” said the former EPA chiefs. “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. Sea level is rising. Arctic Sea ice is melting years faster than projected.”  Continue reading

Google Funding Climate Deniers? What the Heck?

Written by Rev. Jim Ball. This article appeared on June 21, 2013 in the Huffington Post. Reprinted by permission of the author.

Say it ain’t so, Google!

The Washington Post‘s Juliet Eilperin reports something I never would have thought in a million years. Google is supporting one of the worst climate-denier organizations in the world: the so-called Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).

Google on my monitor this morning

Google on my monitor this morning

Is this the same Google that touts how “green” it is, how much it is lowering its carbon footprint? The same Google that formed a “Climate Savers Computing Initiative” in 2007 and has won awards from the EPA and Greenpeace, which are proudly displayed on their “Google Green” website?

Is this the same Google whose products I absolutely love and use constantly throughout the day, inspiring within me a fierce brand loyalty?

My beloved Google, say it ain’t so! Continue reading