America’s Greenest Presidents

 

From The New York Times Green Blog

What do Theodore Roosevelt, Richard M. Nixon and Jimmy Carter have in common? They are viewed as environmentally progressive presidents — at least by the 12 groups that ranked them in a survey released this week. Still, the challenges faced by presidents who stand up for the environment have shifted greatly over time, some of those organizations point out, making it hard to compare one leader’s achievements with another’s.

Corporate Knights, a media and financial services company that promotes “clean capitalism” for companies, asked 12 leading environmental groups to name the three presidents they felt did the most for the environment and to rank them from first to third. Point values were assigned to each rank. Theodore Roosevelt was the overwhelming victor, scoring 28 points; Richard Nixon was a distant second with 15; and Jimmy Carter followed with 12.

Read the rest of this article at The New York Times Green Blog.