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John Kerry Statement on the Appointment of Governor Mike Leavitt As EPA Chief

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August 11, 2003

While none of us should be surprised that PresidentBush has chosen someone who has a record of working to undermine national environmental protections, the truth is that we aren't going to have a real commitment to the environment until we have a new President.

From his energy policy to climate change to clean air and clean water, George W. Bush has made siding with corporate special interests over protecting our families a hallmark of his administration.

Christie Todd Whitman certainly tried to bring some common sense environmental policies to this White House, but she was repeatedly rebuffed and overruled by a Bush Administration bent on siding with corporate polluters and special interests.

It doesn't matter who is in charge of the EPA, if corporate polluters continue to write our environmental laws.

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