Former EPA administrators gathered today to discuss the future of the agency and challenges ahead.Read More
The recent passing of President George H.W. Bush has spurred an interest in his energy and environmental policy and its legacy. In the latest Columbia Energy Exchange podcast, host Jason Bordoff sat down with William Reilly, who was the EPA Administrator during President George H.W. Bush’s Administration.
Bill recounts the significance of the environment in Bush’s presidential campaign, which led to landmark environmental policies, and discusses the challenges, opportunities, and significance of the Clean Air Act of 1990. He describes what it was like working for the Administration, including internal divisions on the environment. Jason and Bill discuss other notable milestones like the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit, the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Global Change Research Act of 1990, and the Energy Policy Act of 1992. Jason and Bill also cover carbon pricing, climate policy, and what needs to happen to encourage both sides of the aisle to work together in solving these pressing issues.
In addition to his time with the Bush administration, Bill served as a senior staff member at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, under President Nixon. President Clinton appointed him as a founding Trustee of the Presidio Trust of San Francisco. President Obama appointed him co-chair of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and the Future of Offshore Drilling. Bill served as president of World Wildlife Fund and later chairman of the board. He has also served in the U.S. Army. He’s currently on a number of private sector and non-profit boards. Bill holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Yale University, a Law Degree from Harvard, and a Master’s Degree from Columbia University. Listen to the podcast here.
This narrative by Nathaniel Rich is a work of history, addressing the 10-year period from 1979 to 1989: the decisive decade when humankind first came to a broad understanding of the causes and dangers of climate change. Complementing the text is a series of aerial photographs and videos, all shot over the past year by George Steinmetz. With support from the Pulitzer Center, this two-part article is based on 18 months of reporting and well over a hundred interviews. It tracks the efforts of a small group of American scientists, activists and politicians to raise the alarm and stave off catastrophe. It will come as a revelation to many readers — an agonizing revelation — to understand how thoroughly they grasped the problem and how close they came to solving it. Jake Silverstein Read more via The New York Times.Read More
Former EPA Administrator William Reilly is harshly criticizing the House-passed spending bill that includes major cuts to “core” EPA programs, saying that the provisions as written signal a “full retreat” from decades of efforts to achieve environmental improvement and urging the Senate to reconsider.Read More
Nominations for the 2018 William K. Reilly Awards are open through November 17, 2017.Read More
William Reilly, former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator - Leaving the Paris Agreement: The Implications for the U.S. Energy Sector, Foreign Policy, & Climate Change.Read More
The Environmental Protection Agency has a pretty simple mission in principle: to protect human health and the environment. It's a popular purpose too. Nearly three out of four adults believe the country "should do whatever it takes to protect the environment," according to a 2016 survey by the Pew Research Center.
Political support for the EPA, though, is less effusive. How did it get this way? Read more via NPR.Read More
William K. Reilly, a Republican and one-time head of the EPA, is dismayed that a climate change skeptic has been named to lead his former agency. But in a Yale e360 interview, he insists environmental progress can be made despite resistance from the Trump administration.Read More
Bush's EPA Chief's Surprising View on Climate Change. Part of the Weather Channel's Climate 25 series: conversations with 25 of the smartest voices on climate, security, energy and peace.Read More
Interview at Yale University.Read More
Brendan Duffy sits down with distinguished environmentalist William K. Reilly to discuss his life and extraordinary career.Read More
The co-chairs of President Obama‘s new oil spill commission, Bob Graham and William K. Reilly, join Rachel Maddow in Louisiana to talk about the spill and the commission.Read More