Environmental Advice for the Candidates From William K. Reilly

EPA administrator under George H.W. Bush and co-chairman of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling

Jun 22, 2012
Outside Magazine
William K. Reilly

William Reilly speaks about the investigation of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico    Photo: Drew Angerer/Redux

I’d say to the candidate: “America’s energy output is increasing, and its imports are declining—a much desired new trend. We can drive that progress faster if we accelerate energy efficiency—better-insulated buildings, lighter cars, more efficient lighting, more wind power—and it all leads toward energy independence and less reliance on other countries. We can also learn from Chicago, which is preparing for hotter, drier summers and wetter winters with better hospital facilities for heatstroke victims, plants and trees suitable to the changing climate, water-permeable pavement, and green roofs. What’s not to like about efficiency, wind power, and planting trees for the warmer climate much of the country is already experiencing?”