When discussing efforts to protect the environment and the implementation of rules and regulations to specify how to do that, many people do not consider members of the Republican party as ones who would be interested in doing so. Indeed, many people think just the opposite, that Republicans by nature are anti-environmental.
Even in California, seen by many as run by left-wing, non-republican environmentalists, there exists in certain areas, including Bakersfield and the San Joaquin Valley, a pronounced Republican or right-wing local majority. Many of those people would agree that associating environmentalism with Republicans would not seem likely.
However, what many people don't realize is that many of our country's and California's most important environmental regulations came into being because of the efforts of Republicans.
Here is a list of 8 Republicans who helped shape the regulatory framework we live under today.