Sunday, October 23, 2011

props for Tricky Dick

Could Richard Nixon get the Republican presidential nomination these days? Whatever else Nixon was responsible for, he also signed into law some of our country’s foundational environmental legislation, including the National Environmental Policy Act (1969), the Clean Air Act (1970), the Clean Water Act (1972), and the Endangered Species Act (1973). Without Nixon, many of our iconic animal species – bald eagles, alligators, bison – would be extinct. Remember back when you couldn’t see the Los Angeles skyline through the smog, or when the Cuyahoga River caught fire? Take a deep breath and thank Richard Milhous Nixon.

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