Environment: Ford's Middle Course

When he was a Congressman, Gerald Ford voted for many bills to clean up the nation's air and water. But he also supported such anti-environment measures as funding the SST and easing pesticide restrictions. As President, Ford has maintained the same ambivalence. He has hinted at times that environmental protection is an exorbitant luxury that slows economic growth; at other times he seemed to see it as an ecological necessity. No one was sure where he stood on the subject.

Last week Ford cleared up the situation with his first official statement on...

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