NYT Op Ed: A Republican Case for Climate Action
On Friday, August 2, the editorial page of the New York Times ran a refreshing reminder that environmental governance is an issue beyond the narrow bounds of American partisanship. Four former heads of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), William D. Ruckelshaus, Lee M. Thomas, William K. Reilly, and Christine Todd Whitman, co-wrote a piece warning Americans that we must take international action now on the issue of climate change. Notable, however, is that these four authors each served under different Republican presidents–respectively Presidents Richard M. Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and George W. Bush.
The op-ed argues that as scientific evidence for the disastrous effects of climate change continues to pile up, the U.S. must take decisive action, both at home and internationally. They note a preference for a carbon tax as a policy solution, while acknowledging the political unlikeliness of such an option. They further express support for the recent steps the Obama administration has taken to limit carbon emissions through executive action, and call on Congress to support and extend those policies.
The op-ed can be read on the NYT website, here.