William K. Reilly: Bush’s EPA Chief’s Surprising View on Climate Change

EPA Administrator (1989-93)

“It’s always been a mystery how climate became such a controversial question.”

“I really have to question,” says William K. Reilly, “how a candidate for national office now, can deny that the climate is changing…and still be taken seriously.” Reilly, who served as EPA Administrator under George H.W. Bush, sees hope, though, in potentially unlikely places.

He believes there are examples to draw from the history of the Republican Party, such as President Nixon’s creation of the EPA, and in it’s future, where younger generations are more apt to accept the reality of climate change.

Before that, Reilly was head of World Wildlife Fund and the The Conservation Foundation which had merged in 1985. More recently, he was appointed by President Obama as co-chair the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. He is currently a Senior Advisor to TPG Capital, LP, “an international investment partnership.”

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