Former Republican EPA Administrators Endorse Hillary Clinton

NEW YORK–(ENEWSPF)–August 9, 2016.  William D. Ruckelshaus, the first Administrator of the EPA under President Richard Nixon—and the fifth under President Ronald Reagan—and William K. Reilly, the EPA Administrator under President George H. W. Bush, today endorsed Hillary Clinton for President.

“Republicans have a long history of support for the environment dating back to Theodore Roosevelt. Donald Trump threatens to destroy that legacy of respect for the environment and protection of public health.

It was President Nixon who created the Environmental Protection Agency and championed the historic Clean Air Act that has done so much to protect the health of every American.

It was President Ronald Reagan who ratified the Montreal Protocol, the most successful international environmental treaty in history, to fix the hole in the ozone layer.

It was President George H. W. Bush who proposed and signed the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 to combat acid rain and toxic air pollution.

Donald Trump has shown a profound ignorance of science and of the public health issues embodied in our environmental laws. He hasn’t a clue about Republicans’ historic contributions to science-driven environmental policy: 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%, and the sharp decline in pollution from automobiles even as their numbers more than doubled.

That Trump would call climate change a hoax—the singular health and environmental threat to the world today—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. Our leadership was essential to that agreement.  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.

Hillary Clinton understands that environmental protection is a public health issue. She recognizes the threat that climate change represents to this country and the rest of the world.  She is committed to reasonable, science-based policy to meet those challenges.

For us, there is simply no choice in this election.  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.”