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  •  Nixon's environmental measures ... (6+ / 0-)

    ...weren't made out of conviction but a keen sense of competition with two possible opponents in the 1972 election, Henry Jackson and Edmund Muskie, both strong environmentalists. As it turned out, he didn't compete with them.

    I refuse to accept "no can do" as a proper slogan for progressives.

    by Meteor Blades on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 09:47:59 PM PDT

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    •  Ah, good to know (3+ / 0-)
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      but it got done, I still don't think, regardless of the competition it would happen today.  We spoke about when the legislation passed but not specifically WHY.

      Thanks for giving me that piece of the puzzle.  But it still wouldn't happen today.

      "We just won the great unfinished fight of the 20th century. Now we need to win the fight of the 21st - the battle for our planet. This is our time to do it."

      by Ellinorianne on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 09:50:07 PM PDT

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      •  I think I just have to admit (2+ / 0-)
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        that I don't know enough historically to comment and I wish I hadn't made the comment.  I just get so angry that science has been subverted by ideology and politics because of corporate control of our government.  And that people have fallen for it, against their own best interest.  It just makes me sad and angry.  And yet, I still try.

        "We just won the great unfinished fight of the 20th century. Now we need to win the fight of the 21st - the battle for our planet. This is our time to do it."

        by Ellinorianne on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 09:54:49 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks for busting this Nixon was Green myth (0+ / 0-)

      It regularly pops up here. People need to understand that the man had not an ounce of green in his blood, but that he did what was politically expedient, under pressure from a Democratic Congress and the public.

      He was listed as one of the presidents with the worst environmental records by The Daily Green, which said

      Yes, Richard Nixon (1969-1974) also appears on our list of the 10 greenest U.S. presidents. As we noted, many of the nation's landmark environmental laws were signed by the Republican, largely due to intense public pressure.

      Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

      by willyr on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 08:49:23 AM PDT

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