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10 Republicans from another era who helped the environment

By: Ken Edelstein on May 3, 2010, 12:40 p.m.
George Bush

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George Bush

President George H.W. Bush — “41” in family parlance — oversaw a partial revival in environmental protection after years of neglect during the Reagan administration. The Clean Air Act was strengthened immensely under his watch, leading both to a cleanup of acid rain and a reduction in smog.

The difference between father and son could not be clearer — especially when environmental advocates were forced to sue the administration of George W. Bush over his failure to enforce the very laws that were among his father’s finest achievements.