Commitment to Protecting the Environment
The nation does not have to choose between a strong economy and a clean environment. The past seven years are proof that we can have both. We have set tough new clean air standards for soot and smog that will prevent up to 15,000 premature deaths a year. We have set new food and drinking water safety standards and have accelerated the pace of cleanups of toxic Superfund sites. We expanded our efforts to protect tens of millions of acres of public and private lands, including Yellowstone National Park, Florida's Everglades, and California's redwoods. Led by the Vice President, the administration reached an international agreement in Kyoto that calls for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. President Clinton, The Budget Message of the President, February 7, 2000
For eight years, the Clinton administration committed their time in office to the protection of the environment. Determined to prove that a clean planet and strong economy go hand-in-hand, the administration did not shy away from bold ideas. Top priorities included investment in new technologies, tougher enforcement of environmental laws, strengthening public health standards, and protecting our irreplaceable national treasures. These efforts helped the United States improve prospects for a healthier environment and create new opportunities for strong, sustainable growth. Much of the legislation passed during the Clinton administration is still standing and protecting the American people. This foundation has expanded our options for technologies that will power our country's future.