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10 Republicans from another era who helped the environment

By: Ken Edelstein on May 3, 2010, 12:40 p.m.
Richard Nixon

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Richard Nixon

Yes, that Richard Nixon. Between pet projects like escalating the Vietnam War and spying on political opponents, the “I Am Not a Crook” president chalked up more environmental achievements than did any White House occupant since Teddy Roosevelt.

Under Nixon, the Environmental Protection Agency was created, Environmental Impact Assessments became a familiar task for federal agencies, and the Clean Air Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Environmental Pesticide Control Act, and the Endangered Species Act all became law.