Select Quayle Topics: The Environment
I have a very strong record on the Environment in the United States Senate.
-- Senator Dan Quayle during the VP debate, 10/5/88 (from NYT transcript,
10/6/88). On 10/7/88 the NYT reported that Dan Quayle's League of
Conservation Voters rating was 20 out of 100.
Our future competativeness demands that true environmentalists and
responsible leaders not allow the well-intentioned concerns of the
American public to be manipulated and exploited as a means to re-establish
unnecessary regulatory, economic and social controls.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle
I take my children hiking and fishing, walking in the woods, in the
-- Senator Dan Quayle offering proof of his
commitment to the environment during the VP
debate, 10/5/88 (from NYT transcript, 10/6/88)
The National Academy of Sciences says that this level [40 MPG]
is not even technically achievable.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle arguing against suggestions
to raise fuel efficiency standards for American automobiles.
But Richard A. Meserve, who served as the chairman of
the academy's study on fuel efficiency, said that Mr.
Quayle had misunderstood a report by the academy that had
discussed whether cars that efficient would be attractive
to American buyers. (New York Times, 8/29/92)
The [Democrats] talked about putting people first. Well, they put people
first unless you happen to be a spotted owl or a giant garter snake or
some other endangered species and then that seems to have priority.
Obviously, you take the bald eagle and things of that sort, of course
you're going to make sure that they are saved and that they can live and
you're going to take every precaution that you can. But others -- we just
need a little flexibility.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle defending his lambasting of
Democrats on the Spotted Owl/ Endangered Species issue.
(In an interview on Prime Time Live, August 10, 1992.
Reported in the NY Times, August 12, 1992)
Our values are creating jobs in America.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle answering Chris Wallace's
question: "[The Council on Competitiveness] has made it
easier for businesses to exceed pollution levels, it has
delayed regulations on aircraft noise, it has weakened
regulations to make apartment buildings more accessible to
wheelchairs. Are those your values?"
(ABC's Prime Time Live, August 10, 1992)
How about if we say when it's wet, it's wet?
-- Vice President Dan Quayle when asked to define
'wetlands'. (from 'What a Waste it Is to Lose One's
Mind' -- the Unauthorized Autobiography)