An environmentalist’s historical guide to the State of the Union

The environment is a popular topic at this annual address, but what have presidents really said?

The annual State of the Union address (above) has been given in person at the Capitol since 1913. Photo Credit: Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen State of the Union 2018
In 1984, Reagan (above) said in his State of the Union address: “Preservation of our environment is not a liberal or conservative challenge, it’s common sense.” Source: Wikimedia Commons
Obama (above) discussed environmental issues in all of his State of the Union addresses. Source: blog



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Communications for The Public Interest Network, Environment America and U.S. PIRG; book author: ; avid curler/ex-baseball player