Environment: Nixon's Second Round

When President Nixon delivered his first major message on the environment to Congress last year, it contained 14 executive orders and 23 requests for legislative acts, the most comprehensive such program that a chief executive had ever proposed. Last week Nixon produced an even better blueprint, one clearly attuned to the "disturbing regularity" of assorted alarms (oil spills, mercury, smog). Whether the blueprint will become law remains to be seen.

Nixon told Congress that his big gun will be his new enforcer, the Environmental Protection Agency, for which he requested a 1972 outlay of $2.45 billion, nearly double its current budget. The...

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