Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963893 | Print ISBN: 9781412958783 | Online ISBN: 9781412963893| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Bush (George H.W.) Administration
THE ADMINISTRATION OF President George H.W. Bush has received mixed reviews from historians and environmentalists for its handling of the global warming issue. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, came into office in 1988, having promised during the campaign that he would be the “environmental president.” Over the next four years, Bush won praise from the environmental community for pushing needed revisions of the Clean Air Act through Congress. However, Bush was also criticized for his handling of several environmental issues, in particular, wetlands conservation, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and global warming. Faced with mounting scientific evidence for human-caused global warming and calls from European allies to take strong steps to reduce carbon emissions, Bush warned against the likely economic impact of mandatory reduction programs, and called for further study of the nature and extent of global climate change. Bush'scautiouspositiononglobalwarmingsurprised many, because his campaign rhetoric had appeared ...