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10 Republicans from another era who helped the environment

By: Ken Edelstein on May 3, 2010, 12:40 p.m.
Theodore Roosevelt with John Muir

Photo: U.S. Library of Congress

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Green GOP

A week after Sen. Lindsey Graham backed away from supporting his own watered-down climate bill, it’s useful to understand that Republicans haven’t always been the party that says "No" to Mother Nature.

Indeed, GOP history is rich with land protection, resource conservation and all manner of legislation and regulation to reduce air and water pollution. Maybe if the partisan descendants of the following 10 granddaddies of the Grand Old Party reflected on the environmental achievement of previous generations of Republicans, current officeholders would gather up the courage to counter the party’s current anti-environmental orthodoxy. (Text: Ken Edelstein)