Daniel Turner is a multimedia journalist who has filed stories from Iowa to Indonesia. He now covers energy and environmental issues for Climate Nexus. Turner contributed this article to Live Science’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.
Listening to the political discourse surrounding environmental issues today, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that “conservative” and “conservation” used to go hand-in-hand in the United States. President Richard Nixon expanded the Clean Air Act and initiated the Safe Drinking Water Act, president Ronald Reagan tackled chemicals depleting the ozone layer, and president George H.W. Bush helped devise a market-based solution to reduce acid rain. Read more