Former EPA Chiefs Weigh in on What’s Needed for Action on Climate
Four former Environmental Protection Agency chiefs came together last week to call for action on climate change, according to a recent article in The National Journal. The most newsworthy aspect of this story is clearly that all of the EPA heads served under Republican presidents. But also important to note is the former chiefs’ commentary about what is needed to move the needle on climate solutions in the United States.
As Christie Todd Whitman, who led the EPA under President George W. Bush put it, “There are a lot of Republicans that do believe that the climate is changing and humans play a role in that. They just need some cover. And if they hear from the public that this is an issue of importance to them … you’re going to find more and more of them speaking out.” In other words, what public officials need to take action on climate change is more public support for solutions. MomentUs, ecoAmerica‘s newest initiative, is working to do just that. To learn more about the initiative or to get involved, visit momentus.org.
Jason Plautz, Energy & Environment Correspondent at the National Journal
Cabinet members from four Republican administrations Wednesday made a plea for federal action to address climate change, citing new evidence that public opinion is shifting in favor of it.
The officials, all former heads of the Environmental Protection Agency, said there is a sizable faction within the Republican Party that would support climate action, but only if they’re backed by vocal public support.
“There are a lot of Republicans that do believe that the climate is changing and humans play a role in that,” said Christine Todd Whitman, who led EPA under President George W. Bush. “They just need some cover. And if they hear from the public that this is an issue of importance to them … you’re going to find more and more of them speaking out.
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