These Former GOP Officials Really Don’t Like Donald Trump

“He hasn’t a clue.”

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This story was originally published by the Huffington Post and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Two Republican former administrators of the US Environmental Protection Agency are endorsing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday and condemning GOP nominee Donald Trump as ignorant and dangerous when it comes to the environment.

“Donald Trump has shown a profound ignorance of science and of the public health issues embodied in our environmental laws.”

“Donald Trump has shown a profound ignorance of science and of the public health issues embodied in our environmental laws,” William Ruckelshaus, who served as the EPA administrator under presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, and William Reilly, who served under President George H. W. Bush, said in a joint statement. “He hasn’t a clue about Republicans’ historic contributions to science-driven environmental policy.”

Ruckelshaus and Reilly noted that past Republican presidents made major advancements in environmental protection. But Trump “threatens to destroy that legacy,” they wrote.

Nixon created the EPA and signed the 1970 Clean Air Act into law. Reagan ratified the Montreal Protocol, which began phasing out chemicals that deplete the ozone layer. And George H. W. Bush signed the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, addressing acid rain. 

Ruckelshaus and Reilly also criticized Trump’s dismissal of climate change as a “hoax” created by the Chinese government, and his pledge to pull the United States out of the the international agreement on climate change reached in Paris last year. Withdrawing from the climate agreement, they said, “would set the world back decades.” 

Ruckelshaus and Reilly are throwing their endorsement solidly behind Clinton.

“For us, there is simply no choice in this election,” they said. “We Republicans should be shocked, outraged even, at the prospect that all this progress, this legacy will be repudiated and rolled back by Donald Trump.”

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