Thursday, January 19, 2006

AP: Former EPA chiefs slam Bush on environment

And 5 of the 6 were Republicans: "Six former heads of the Environmental Protection Agency --- five Republicans and one Democrat --- accused the Bush administration Wednesday of neglecting global warming and other environmental problems.

'I don't think there's a commitment in this administration,' said Bill Ruckelshaus, who was the EPA's first administrator when the agency opened its doors in 1970 under President Richard Nixon. He headed the agency again under President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s.

Russell Train, who succeeded Ruckelshaus in the Nixon and Ford administrations, said slowing the growth of 'greenhouse' gases isn't enough.

'We need leadership, and I don't think we're getting it,' he said at an EPA-sponsored symposium centered around the agency's 35th anniversary. 'To sit back and just push it away and say we'll deal with it sometime down the road is dishonest to the people and self-destructive.'

All the former administrators and the EPA's current chief, Stephen Johnson, raised their hands when asked whether they believe global warming is a real problem --- and again when asked if humans bear significant blame."


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