Yesterday, December 6th, George H.W. Bush was laid to rest in Texas. Over the course of the 70 mile train route through the south eastern region of the state to reach the final resting place of the 41st US president, crowds gathered for hours to honor him. Many of those who came to mourn paid homage in their own way by waving flags and saluting, taking video and pictures to commemorate the passing. As we honor former President George H.W. Bush, and mourn his loss both personally and as a country, we pause to take notice of the impact he made during his time in office, taking special notice to his ability to cross-the-aisle for the betterment of our environment.
President Bush ran a campaign in 1988 that swam against the tide of his republican counterparts, including seated president at the time Ronald Reagan. George Bush Sr. was in favor of large revisions to the Clean Air Act of the 1970’s. After his election as President of the United Stated, George H.W. Bush made the effort into a bipartisan overhaul by working with Democratic Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell to eventually enact one of the strongest pieces of environmental legislation. This legislation continues to leverage performance-based initiatives, promotes clean, cost-effective fuels and conservation, and focuses on new technology that is proven to reduce pollutants. While these amendments are only a small piece of the legacy President George H.W. Bush left us with, it is one that has truly changed our world and our lives down to the air we breathe.