I had the privilege of working with Mr. Ruckelshaus many years ago when I was BFI…It was my pleasure to spend time with him on a project in New Jersey and listen to his presentation at Princeton University on Sustainability.
First, let me make it clear that neither Mr. Ruckelshaus or Mr. Reilly are, in our modern decisive parlance, left wing environmentalists…whatever that really means. Both are serious environmental policy experts. One I knew personally (albeit for a short time) and the other I know by reputation.
I think that their comments on Climate Change, and their agreement with President Obama on this issue are best summed up with this line from their recent OP-ED piece in the New York Times.
“Congress’s failure to take any meaningful action requires the E.P.A. to act with the only tool it has – the Clean Air Act. Once the agency determined that carbon dioxide posed a risk to public health, as it did in 2009, the agency was required to act to reduce that risk, under a 2007 Supreme Court ruling.”
The facts in the matter of air pollution controls continuously support action to reduce pollution. These actions have been shown time and again to be more than cost effective in both narrowly defined economic terms and broadly viewed economic terms.
Read the full article:
Why Obama Is Right on Clean Energy
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