GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — Framed against majestic, snow-streaked mountains, President Bush rallied Americans today to support his plan for combatting air pollution, saying, "Nature needs our help."
One day after unveiling a proposal for cleaning up acid-rain pollutants, smog and toxic chemicals from the air, Bush declared, "Environmental gridlock must end."
Despite disputes among energy, mining, chemical and environmental groups about what to do, Bush said, "There's one thing everyone agrees on. We need action. And we need it now."
He said competing interests in Congress have "jammed the avenue to action" for more than a decade.
In addition, there were eight years of silence on environmental matters from Ronald Reagan's White House.
Bush spoke to an audience of more than 1,000 residents and tourists in a field at Teton Science School. The craggy, snow-filled Teton Mountains served as his backdrop. Brilliant blue skies and a blazing sun helped make it a picture-perfect day.