Kennedy a Green Warrior Before His Time

By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2009 3:15 AM CDT
Ted Kennedy stands with his wife, Victoria, in front of houses inside the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Mass., in this 1992 file photo.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – Ted Kennedy was a crusader for environmental protection and energy efficiency long before those causes became fashionable. Climate Progress lists his accomplishments:

  • He eliminated the “oil depletion allowance,” which excluded 22% of oil producer’s revenue from taxes.
  • Kennedy created the 2007 American COMPETES Act, which funds clean energy research.
  • He fought Bush administration efforts to weaken the Clean Air Act and strip the EPA of enforcement staff.

  • The senator boosted funding for mass transit to reduce pollution and congestion.
  • He played a key role in the defeat of a proposal to allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve.
Click the link below for the full list of Kennedy's contributions to environmental protection.