THE CLEAN AIR ACT AMENDMENTS OF 1990
Earth Day 2014
Twenty five years later, historians and politicos are beginning to give President George H. W. Bush well deserved accolades for his administration’s accomplishments. In 1988, during the height of the presidential campaign, Bush proclaimed he would be “the environmental president”. His legacy backs up that claim:
Bush launched the clean-up of New York Harbor, the Jersey Shore, Boston Harbor, Baltimore, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Seattle by funding sewage treatment plants.
He proclaimed “No Net Loss of Wetlands” in 1988. Each year since 2004, the U.S. has been gaining wetlands according to the National Wetlands Inventory.
He added dozens of new wildlife refuges, hundreds of thousands of acres of national parks, and a massive expansion of trails and other recreational improvements on national forest lands.
Bush provided the initiative to plant a billion trees.
He led the effort to clean-up the Exxon Valdez oil spill and signed a law to require double hulls on large oil tankers.
He revolutionized the landfill industry and made it safer.
He cleaned up multi-decade messes at federal weapon and defense facilities.
Bush, well ahead of his time, convened an international conference on climate change.
But his greatest contribution to environmental protection, and to Americans, was passing the Clean Air Amendments of 1990. We are honored to share with you comments about that legislation made by one of President Bush’s key advisors. Robert E. Grady spoke at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the George H. W. Bush Presidency (at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Center, College Station, TX, on April 4, 2014).
Mr. Grady served in the White House from 1989-1993 as Deputy Assistant to President H. W. Bush and as Executive Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Previously, he was Chief Speechwriter and Senior Policy Advisor on the successful 1988 Bush-Quayle presidential campaign, Director of Communications for New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean, and Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Millicent Fenwick.
He has forged a highly successful career in private capital and serves as Chairman of the New Jersey State Investment Council, which oversees the $73 billion system.