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6 eco-friendly presidents

By: Shea Gunther on Feb. 21, 2011, 10:58 a.m.
Mount Rushmore on a cloudy day

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Green White House residents

As we celebrate America's current and past chief executives on President's Day, it's worth examining the environmental contributions of the 44 men who have occupied the office.

Some did not care about protecting the environment, using their powers to help corporations exploit the land and water in pursuit of higher profits, but others have effected positive change for our country and the world. U.S. presidents gave us the national parks and public lands and laid the legislative groundwork that protects the air we breathe and the water we drink.