Bill Reilly’s comments for this website on his statement, Clinton (“sound on so many levels”), and Trump (“divisive,” “unacceptable”)

“The Clinton campaign reached out to me and Bill Ruckelshaus. It was a soft inquiry: did we wish to consider some involvement in the campaign — a statement, an op ed? Opposing Trump or supporting Hillary, either would be welcomed. Both Ruckelshaus and I agreed. We had submitted a brief in support of the Clean Power Rule which will be argued in September before the Court of Appeals and have the habit of working together.
“The statement speaks for itself. I have been revolted by the vulgar and divisive rhetoric Trump has resorted to. His derision of Mexicans as rapists and murderers is outrageous and unacceptable; Mexican immigrants are critical to whole sectors of the economy in California and other states, to agriculture, construction, landscaping, tourism. As a lifelong conservationist it appalls me that Trump disdains a hugely successful enterprise that over nearly 60 years has greened and cleaned America. The writer Gregg Easterbrook has referred to the environment as one of the two greatest successes of public policy in the post WWII period (the other being Social Security). Committing to disavow the climate commitments made in Paris, Trump’s determination is to ravish and repudiate our gains in so many areas of policy, international security arrangements, race, the integrity of US debt.
“Hillary is sound on so many levels — demonstrated effectiveness as a senator and cabinet officer, solid on climate policy, deeply knowledgeable about government in both the domestic and international spheres. Frankly, as we began the presidential marathon I considered the nation fortunate to have the prospect of safe hands in both Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. We still have that prospect in Hillary.”

The statement:

Statement by William K. Reilly and William D. Ruckelshaus

Hillary Clinton “understands” and “recognizes”

August 9, 2016

William D. Ruckelshaus, the first Administrator of EPA under President Richard Nixon—and the fifth under President Ronald Reagan—and William K. Reilly, the EPA Administrator under President George H. W. Bush, today endorsed Hillary Clinton for President:

“Republicans have a long history of support for the environment dating back to Theodore Roosevelt. Donald Trump threatens to destroy that legacy of respect for the environment and protection of public health.

It was President Nixon who created the Environmental Protection Agency and championed the historic Clean Air Act that has done so much to protect the health of every American.

It was President Ronald Reagan who ratified the Montreal Protocol, the most successful international environmental treaty in history, to fix the hole in the ozone layer.

It was President George H. W. Bush who proposed and signed the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 to combat acid rain and toxic air pollution.

Donald Trump has shown a profound ignorance of science and of the public health issues embodied in our environmental laws. He hasn’t a clue about Republicans’ historic contributions to science-driven environmental policy: the incontestable environmental improvements in the restored lakes and rivers, the acid rain controls, the reduction of key air pollutants by 70,80 and 90 %, and the sharp decline in pollution from automobiles even as their numbers more than doubled.

That Trump would call climate change a hoax—the singular health and environmental threat to the world today—flies in the face of overwhelming international science and the public conviction and commitment of almost 200 national governments that adopted the Paris Agreement on climate change in December 2015. Our leadership was essential to that agreement. To back away now, as Trump wants to do, would set the world back decades—years we could never recover. The young people in this country deserve far better than that as our legacy.

Hillary Clinton understands that environmental protection is a public health issue. She recognizes the threat that climate change represents to this country and the rest of the world. She is committed to reasonable, science-based policy to meet those challenges.

For us, there is simply no choice in this election. We Republicans should be shocked, outraged even, at the prospect that all this progress, this legacy will be repudiated and rolled back by Donald Trump. This is a hugely consequential election; the stakes are that high. That is why as Republicans, we support Hillary Clinton for President.”

Two former Republican EPA administrators throw support to Clinton
The inside track on Washington politics.
By John Wagner
From The Wall Street Journal, with permission

Hillary Clinton meets voters in Kissimmee, Florida on Monday. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

Hillary Clinton meets voters in Kissimmee, Florida on Monday. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

Two former Republican administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday endorsed Hillary Clinton, becoming the latest in a series of one-time GOP government officials to back the Democratic presidential nominee over Donald Trump.

In a joint statement, William D. Ruckelshaus and William K. Reilly say that Trump has showed “a profound ignorance of science and of the public health issues embodied in our environmental laws” and that Clinton is “committed to reasonable, science-based policy.”

Ruckelshaus was the first administrator of the EPA, serving under President Richard Nixon. He returned to the same position during the presidency of Ronald Reagan. Reilly was the EPA administrator under President George H.W. Bush.

In recent weeks, several other former federal officials serving under Republican presidents have stepped forward to back Clinton, a former secretary of state.

Bill Reilly was Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President George H. W. Bush. He has served as president of World Wildlife Fund, as a founder or advisor to several business ventures, and on many boards of directors. In 2010, he was appointed by President Barack Obama co-chair of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.

Click here for Bob Rosenkranz’s Wall Street Journal article.


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