Daniel Patrick Moynihan letter to John Ehrlichman regarding carbon dioxide and climate change, 1969.

In this September 17th, 1969 letter from liberal politician and sociologist Daniel Patrick Moynihan to Richard Nixon’s Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs John Ehrlichman, Moynihan discusses the possible threat of climate change and sea level rise due to burning fossil fuels.

What policy recommendations does Moynihan suggest? How might the present climate crisis be different today if the federal government had taken action in the 1970s and 1980s? Why didn’t it?


Moynihan, Daniel Patrick. Daniel P. Moynihan to John Ehrlichman, Washington DC, September 17, 1969.

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