Ronald Reagan's forgotten legacy
Despite the Left's attacks on conservatives, our movement has a long tradition of stewardship. From Teddy Roosevelt to Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, conservatives have been the most effective environmental champions.
Ronald Reagan joined many of his Republican predecessors in prioritizing the environment, all while pushing limited government reforms.
- 1980s: Throughout his presidency, Reagan signed 38 bills into law adding a combined 10.6 million acres of forests, deserts, and wetlands to the National Wilderness Preservation System.
- 1982: Signed the Coastal Barrier Resources Act which saved taxpayers money by restricting development in flood prone areas that protect inland areas and provide coastal habitat.
- 1983: Expanded American sovereign rights to all resources within 200 miles of US coasts
- 1985: Added protections to the Farm Bill to prevent soil erosion and protect wetlands while saving taxpayers money on farm subsidies.
And it's not just Reagan:
Roosevelt's legacy includes a rich tradition of stewardship and conservation that is among one of the most impressive of any President. In the century since his Presidency, America's national parks have remained beacons of our natural beauty and wondrous God-given lands.
- 1905: created the forerunner to what is now the U.S. Forest Service
- 1906: Signed the Act for the Preservation of American Antiquities.
- 1908: Declared the Grand Canyon as a national monument. It is now a national park.
Known for many things, President Nixon was a major player in establishing many of the bedrock environmental policies. While federal bureaucracy has ballooned or damaged some of his success, Nixon was a key conservative voice in the fight to conserve our environment.
- 1969: Signed the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to outline specific targets on pollution and clean water.
- 1970: created the Environmental Protection Agency.
- 1970: Reauthorized the Clean Air Act which would later be reauthorized by President George HW Bush.