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Published: Tuesday, July 30 2013 2:45 p.m. MDT

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louie
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Jay Ambrose has to be one of the most uninformed journalist around. An article a few years ago, published by the "Daily Green", identified Reagan as only 2nd to George W. Bush as the worst president on environmental issues. He reduced federal enforcement on environmental crimes by 75 percent, reduced EPA budgets, and opened up more leases for coal mining. Of course if you view of environmental protection as evil you can rationalize a number of things.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

I don't know of any Pres. that is for the people. May be Kennedy.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Wow! I've never read a more inaccurate op-ed! The Koch Bros couldn't have been worse.

Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

Reagan dismantled much of Carter's government initiatives on renewable energy and energy efficiency with the Dept. of Energy, even going so far as to take the solar panels off the White House. Many saw solar and efficiency as a sign of America's weakness...

I've read many a commentary speculating that had Carter's renewable energy initiatives and research and development had been left to grow from the 1970s -- rather than having had it get cut off in the Reagan years -- today we could be much further along on our energy independence and in a very different place in terms of world affairs.

Would we have had to go to war in Iraq in 1990 over oil? Would Bin Laden have had his family's oil wealth to enact terror on America had efficiency measures radically reduced America's need for Mideast oil? Would fracking have been perfected much sooner to help America move into natural gas for its transportation? Would electric cars and charging stations have been perfected by now?

Perhaps it is all speculation, but Reagan's radical elimination of government research on renewable energy and efficiency has seriously delayed key energy breakthroughs to this day.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

With literacy and media records, it's going to be tough going to rewrite history to fit the conservative agenda.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

Wow!

Are we talking about the same Reagan who made James Watt his Secretary of the Interior, a man so disdainful of the environment that his appointment can only be analogous to making Joseph Goebbels the Prime Minister of Israel?

Political spin and the rewriting of history has sunk to a new low…

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Reagan had a Secretary of the Interior, James Watt, who wanted to shut down all governmental efforts to clean up the environment. Watt believed that the Second Coming was about to happen, and that spending time and money cleaning things up was therefore unnecessary.

Allisdair
Thornbury, Vic

The Solar panels Reagan removed are on exhibition in China! That says it all

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

Well, more right wing boilerplate from the D-News. Can't the D-news consider guest editorials from people with an agenda different from their own?

Lonster
Sandy, UT

I remember something Pres. Reagan (OK - it was a very good impersonator) said when someone asked him about certain of his environmental policies. The president's impersonator said something to the effect, "You'll have to ask that question of James Watt as soon as he gets back from Yellowstone National Condo." It was funny, yes, but sadly had a lot of truth to it.

Lagomorph
Salt Lake City, UT

This is satire, right? Like Swift's "A Modest Proposal"? Say something completely outrageous with a straight face and see how many people take it at face value?

I was taking a public finance and budget class in grad school in 1982. At the time the prof was teaching the conventional wisdom that no agency could weather a 10% budget cut and still maintain function. That same semester OMB Director David Stockman was proposing to slash EPA budgets upwards of 20%.

Does Ambrose remember Reagan's environmental luminary Ann Burford Gorsuch?

Stable thought
FORT MORGAN, CO

After the last 11 comments lets put some stable thought into this. Without Reagan and his ability to understand liberty and the free Market you are right all our major cities would be in collapse, our infrastructure would be failing and all those electric cars would be sitting in garages uncharged.

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