Saturday, March 20, 2010

Stewart Udall (1920-2010)

Read this obit and say a prayer in honor of this thoughtful and important public servant.

I found it amusing how he said JFK and LBJ gave him whatever he wanted in terms of parks or rivers, but in my novel, Stewart has a hell of a time convincing President RFK of anything important on environmental legislation until he almost stealthily becomes a participant in the growing environmental movement that operates outside the DC Village.

One thing Udall later learned is environmental legislation scares industrialists into thinking their profits are going to be negated. Whether that is true of course is another question. See this article which asks "What If Climate Action Actually Accelerates Economic Growth?" Or this speech by the current head of the EPA, Lisa Jackson.

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