The Greenest Presidents? Surprise, They’re RepublicansBy Steve Casimiro on November 6th, 2012
With an asterisk. You have to go back to Nixon to find the last environmental Republican who scored well among a survey of green groups. But don’t mock Nixon: He established both the Clean Air and Clean Water acts as the Environmental Protection Agency — all laws and departments attacked by present-day Republicans as needless red tape. Teddy Roosevelt gets the most credit for pushing the environmental movement forward, but even Abe Lincoln, who gave Yosemite to the state of California but made it mandatory that it be preserved for recreation (it later became America’s first national park) gets props. And the Dems? Jimmy Carter, of course, is lauded for his first attack on America’s dependence on fossil fuels. Also getting props: Obama, for raising fuel efficiency standards and constantly talking up alternative energy. Via Scientific American.
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