Republican Ex-EPA Chief Criticizes Bush

“It’s almost as if the motto of the administration in power today in Washington is not environmental protection, but polluter protection.” Why, what sort of pinko environmental extremist would say such a thing? Meet Russell Train, a Republican, chief of the U.S. EPA under Nixon and Ford, co-chair of Conservationists for Bush during the 1988 presidential campaign, and one fed-up dude. Claiming Bush II has betrayed a legacy of eco-friendly conservatives that stretched from Theodore Roosevelt to George H.W. Bush, Train yesterday vowed to vote for John Kerry in November. He was joined at a news conference — organized by Environment2004, a group campaigning to oust Bush — by two New Hampshire Republicans, state Rep. Jim Pilliod and former state Sen. Rick Russman, who stopped short of endorsing Kerry but stressed the importance of environmental issues.