GOP Cover-up? Memos Reveal Reagan And Bush Warned Of Climate Change Threat

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    http://www.politicususa.com/2015/12/04/gop-cover-up-memos-reveal-reagan-bush-warned-climate-change-threat.html
    Recently released confidential internal memos of the Reagan and elder Bush White Houses reveal they knew about global warming and warned that climate change posed a national security threat...

    Here’s an example from a State Department memo in Feb. 1989 in a newly inaugurated George H.W. Bush administration:
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  • musclmed

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    Dec 27, 2015 5:55 AM GMT
    Memos also revealed Clinton failed to act against Osama Bin Laden.
  • Muscles25

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    Dec 27, 2015 3:06 PM GMT
    Where's the "cover-up?"

    Some people really are so full of shit.
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    Dec 27, 2015 4:40 PM GMT
    So where's the controversy?

    Perhaps Reagan’s commitment to the environment is best stated by his own words:

    “What is a conservative after all, but one who conserves, one who is committed to protecting and holding close the things by which we live…. And we want to protect and conserve the land on which we live – our countryside, our rivers and mountains, our plains and meadows and forests. This is our patrimony. This is what we leave to our children. And our great moral responsibility is to leave it to them either as we found it or better than we found it.”

    Timeline of Ronald Reagan's Environmental Accomplishments

    Governor of California, 1967 – 1975

    1967 – Signed into law legislation establishing Air Resources Board authorized to set motor vehicle emissions standards in order to reduce air pollution.

    1967 – Signed legislative resolution urging the Federal Power Commission (now the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) to reject a license for a proposed dam on the middle fork of the Feather River. (In 1968, nearly 78 miles of the Feather River’s middle fork were protected from dams under the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.)

    1968 – Fostered political compromises that cleared the way for establishing Redwood National Park, now totaling nearly 132,000 acres of lands co-managed by the National Park Service and the state.

    1968 – Led successful effort to block federal proposal to build 730-foot-tall Dos Rios Dam on the Eel River.

    1969 – Worked for protection of Lake Tahoe by negotiating, with Nevada Governor Paul Laxalt, an interstate compact to jointly regulate Tahoe Basin land use and conserve Tahoe’s natural resources.

    1972 – Led horse pack trip into the Sierra backcountry to announce opposition to proposed trans-Sierra highway that would have split the John Muir Trail. He also secured Nixon Administration opposition and urged California’s congressional delegation to oppose the proposed highway. (The highway project was canceled.)

    1972 – Signed Republican legislation protecting north coast rivers and establishing state wild and scenic rivers system; vetoed weaker bill sponsored by Democratic state Senator Randolph Collier.

    1974 – Signed into law legislation empowering the Air Resources Board to prohibit sale or registration of motor vehicles in California that fail to meet state emissions standards, a significant expansion of the board’s authority.

    President of the United States, 1981-1989

    1982 – 1988 – Signed 43 bills designating more than 10 million acres of wilderness areas in 27 states. The wilderness areas established during Reagan’s presidency account for nearly 10 percent of the National Wilderness Preservation System at its current extent. President Reagan signed more wilderness bills than any other president since the Wilderness Act was enacted in 1964.

    1982 – Signed legislation establishing 110,000-acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in southwestern Washington State for research, recreation, and public education.

    1983 – President Reagan’s EPA Administrator, William Ruckelshaus, banned the use of ethylene dibromide, a suspected carcinogen, as an agricultural soil fumigant.

    1985 – President Reagan’s EPA Administrator, Lee Thomas, ordered a 90 percent reduction in lead in gasoline.

    1986 – Signed legislation establishing Great Basin National Park, covering 77,000 acres featuring bristlecone pine forests, glacial moraines, and cave formations in eastern Nevada.

    1986 – Signed the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act, which increased funding and strengthened the federal program to clean up sites contaminated with hazardous waste.

    1986 – Signed Safe Drinking Water Act amendments requiring stronger controls on drinking water contaminants and protection of source aquifers.

    1987 – Signed legislation establishing El Malpais National Monument, covering more than 114,000 acres featuring lava tubes, cinder cones, and archaeological treasures in western New Mexico.

    1987 – Signed into law the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act, which established efficiency standards for 12 types of residential appliances.

    1987 - Signed into law Clean Water Act amendments of 1987, which broadened the Clean Water Act’s reach to cover non-point source pollution and stormwater. The amendments established National Estuary Program to protect nationally significant estuaries, which now number 28, including Long Island Sound, Albemarle-Pamlico Sounds, Tampa Bay, San Francisco Bay, and Puget Sound.

    1987 - Ordered U.S. diplomats to negotiate a strong treaty to begin phasing out ozone-depleting chemicals. The resulting Montreal Protocol was ratified by the U.S. Senate in 1988 and entered into force in 1989. The Montreal Protocol, which President Reagan called a “monumental achievement,” has resulted in a 95 percent decline in production of the targeted chemicals. The atmosphere’s protective ozone layer has begun to recover.

    The Montreal Protocol has produced a significant climate stewardship benefit because ozone-depleting chemicals have heat-trapping properties. Thanks to the Montreal Protocol, emissions of heat-trapping gases equivalent to nearly 5 years of global carbon dioxide emissions have been prevented since 1990. President Reagan’s leadership made that enormous climate stewardship achievement possible.

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/12/03/reagan-bush-41-memos-reveal-how-republicans-used-to-think-about-climate-change-and-the-environment/
    Reagan, Bush 41 memos reveal sharp contrast with today’s GOP on climate and the environment

    The memos, stamped “confidential” and kept under wraps for years, portray a White House eager to assert U.S. leadership on climate change. Global warming will have “profound consequences,” one document warns, and the United States “cannot wait” until all scientific questions are resolved before taking action.

    The source of the memos: Not the Obama White House, but policy advisers to President George H.W. Bush.

    The memos were among several formerly classified documents from the Bush and Reagan administrations obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and released on Wednesday by the National Security Archive. The documents portray senior officials in the two Republican administrations pressing for an aggressive response to international environmental issues of the day — including, during Bush’s term, climate change.

    The assertive posture contrasts with the positions taken this week by leading Republican presidential contenders, several of whom publicly mocked Obama’s efforts to secure an international climate treaty in Paris. The GOP-controlled House voted Tuesday to block the administration’s signature regulation to cut greenhouse-gas pollution from U.S. power plants.
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    Dec 27, 2015 5:00 PM GMT
    https://www.scribd.com/doc/292079478/Memorandum-by-Frederick-M-Bernthal-Feb-9-1989

    https://www.scribd.com/doc/292080423/Memorandum-Feb-15-1989

    https://www.scribd.com/doc/292082545/Memorandum-Feb-27-1989
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 28, 2015 1:51 AM GMT
    Muscles25 saidWhere's the "cover-up?"

    Some people really are so full of shit.
    You are dealing with the premier ultra leftist on here coming up with more extreme leftist conspiracy hyperbole. Go figure.
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    Dec 28, 2015 6:42 PM GMT
    desertmuscl saidSo where's the controversy?

    Perhaps Reagan’s commitment to the environment is best stated by his own words:

    “What is a conservative after all, but one who conserves, one who is committed to protecting and holding close the things by which we live…. And we want to protect and conserve the land on which we live – our countryside, our rivers and mountains, our plains and meadows and forests. This is our patrimony. This is what we leave to our children. And our great moral responsibility is to leave it to them either as we found it or better than we found it.”

    Timeline of Ronald Reagan's Environmental Accomplishments

    Governor of California, 1967 – 1975

    1967 – Signed into law legislation establishing Air Resources Board authorized to set motor vehicle emissions standards in order to reduce air pollution.

    1967 – Signed legislative resolution urging the Federal Power Commission (now the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) to reject a license for a proposed dam on the middle fork of the Feather River. (In 1968, nearly 78 miles of the Feather River’s middle fork were protected from dams under the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.)

    1968 – Fostered political compromises that cleared the way for establishing Redwood National Park, now totaling nearly 132,000 acres of lands co-managed by the National Park Service and the state.

    1968 – Led successful effort to block federal proposal to build 730-foot-tall Dos Rios Dam on the Eel River.

    1969 – Worked for protection of Lake Tahoe by negotiating, with Nevada Governor Paul Laxalt, an interstate compact to jointly regulate Tahoe Basin land use and conserve Tahoe’s natural resources.

    1972 – Led horse pack trip into the Sierra backcountry to announce opposition to proposed trans-Sierra highway that would have split the John Muir Trail. He also secured Nixon Administration opposition and urged California’s congressional delegation to oppose the proposed highway. (The highway project was canceled.)

    1972 – Signed Republican legislation protecting north coast rivers and establishing state wild and scenic rivers system; vetoed weaker bill sponsored by Democratic state Senator Randolph Collier.

    1974 – Signed into law legislation empowering the Air Resources Board to prohibit sale or registration of motor vehicles in California that fail to meet state emissions standards, a significant expansion of the board’s authority.

    President of the United States, 1981-1989

    1982 – 1988 – Signed 43 bills designating more than 10 million acres of wilderness areas in 27 states. The wilderness areas established during Reagan’s presidency account for nearly 10 percent of the National Wilderness Preservation System at its current extent. President Reagan signed more wilderness bills than any other president since the Wilderness Act was enacted in 1964.

    1982 – Signed legislation establishing 110,000-acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in southwestern Washington State for research, recreation, and public education.

    1983 – President Reagan’s EPA Administrator, William Ruckelshaus, banned the use of ethylene dibromide, a suspected carcinogen, as an agricultural soil fumigant.

    1985 – President Reagan’s EPA Administrator, Lee Thomas, ordered a 90 percent reduction in lead in gasoline.

    1986 – Signed legislation establishing Great Basin National Park, covering 77,000 acres featuring bristlecone pine forests, glacial moraines, and cave formations in eastern Nevada.

    1986 – Signed the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act, which increased funding and strengthened the federal program to clean up sites contaminated with hazardous waste.

    1986 – Signed Safe Drinking Water Act amendments requiring stronger controls on drinking water contaminants and protection of source aquifers.

    1987 – Signed legislation establishing El Malpais National Monument, covering more than 114,000 acres featuring lava tubes, cinder cones, and archaeological treasures in western New Mexico.

    1987 – Signed into law the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act, which established efficiency standards for 12 types of residential appliances.

    1987 - Signed into law Clean Water Act amendments of 1987, which broadened the Clean Water Act’s reach to cover non-point source pollution and stormwater. The amendments established National Estuary Program to protect nationally significant estuaries, which now number 28, including Long Island Sound, Albemarle-Pamlico Sounds, Tampa Bay, San Francisco Bay, and Puget Sound.

    1987 - Ordered U.S. diplomats to negotiate a strong treaty to begin phasing out ozone-depleting chemicals. The resulting Montreal Protocol was ratified by the U.S. Senate in 1988 and entered into force in 1989. The Montreal Protocol, which President Reagan called a “monumental achievement,” has resulted in a 95 percent decline in production of the targeted chemicals. The atmosphere’s protective ozone layer has begun to recover.

    The Montreal Protocol has produced a significant climate stewardship benefit because ozone-depleting chemicals have heat-trapping properties. Thanks to the Montreal Protocol, emissions of heat-trapping gases equivalent to nearly 5 years of global carbon dioxide emissions have been prevented since 1990. President Reagan’s leadership made that enormous climate stewardship achievement possible.



    "1972 – Led horse pack trip into the Sierra backcountry to announce opposition to proposed trans-Sierra highway that would have split the John Muir Trail. He also secured Nixon Administration opposition and urged California’s congressional delegation to oppose the proposed highway. (The highway project was canceled.)"

    Wow, I never knew that. Thanks for digging that up.

    http://articles.latimes.com/1997/jul/28/news/mn-17071

    "Reagan galloped out of Red's Meadow near Devil's Postpile, 100 packhorses in tow. We overnighted in small tents at a High Sierra lake. The next morning, the governor rode to a meadow beneath the Minaret Summit, dismounted and announced that he had persuaded the Nixon administration not to build the highway's planned initial leg.

    But to bury the road idea forever, Reagan proposed joining the two wilderness areas. Congress later agreed. And today, the John Muir Trail remains unbroken for 250 miles between Yosemite and south of Mt. Whitney.

    That day, Reagan waxed on about "this spectacular setting" and how a mini-freeway "would do irreparable harm to the wilderness beauty and wildlife . . . the wolverine, deer, bear, mountain lion. . . ."

    Laxalt, now a Washington lawyer, said neither he nor Reagan ever had any regrets: "There would have been serious pollution at Tahoe and none of us could have lived with that."

    Reagan also twice thwarted the dam builders--on the Eel River and on California's last wild river, the Middle Fork of the Feather. The huge Eel River dam--Dos Rios--would have flooded Round Valley, sacred to Indians.

    Livermore brought in an old Indian to lobby Reagan. If the valley were flooded, the man pleaded, no longer could he worship his buried ancestors. "Well, you've got to be able to worship your ancestors," Reagan agreed. And he pulled the plug on the dam.

    "
  • HottJoe

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    Dec 28, 2015 7:20 PM GMT
    Too late.
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    Dec 29, 2015 12:28 AM GMT
    HottJoe saidToo late.


    True, you are.