In 1990, President George Bush signed the single largest piece of environmental legislation ever passed - The 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. Ironically, in 2001 congressional Democrats will be debating whether to support an initiative to reauthorize the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments while at the same time, the Supreme Court will maintain their hold as the single most influential power impacting the interpretation and implementation of environmental legislation. One could easily concur that our Nationns view of environmental protection is a microcosm of the partisanship that exists in the legislative body.
The 2001 Bush Administration environmental agenda is predicted to first safeguard the economy, for without a strong economy environmental protection becomes insignificant. Therefore, it is not surprising that this Administra-tion will focus on removing perceived environmental barriers that detrimentally effect economic prosperity. As a basis for this, the Republican National Committeens (RNC) environmental principles reiterate the desire for economic prosperity and environmental protection advancing simultaneously using "best science," peer-review, and public consideration as the basis. In the words of the RNC 2000 platform: