Hyundai’s Ioniq Plug-in visits the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] Although Nixon is mainly known for his scandalous deeds, as the 37th President of the United States, he created an agency that after 43 years since his resignation and 23 years since his passing, continues to benefit the U.S. and the world.

    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Dec. 5, 2017

    While this short piece is about the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV-29 first drive, Hyundai afforded journalists the opportunity to spend a few minutes at the Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California. It is one of TWO President Nixon Libraries and Museums in existence with the second located in College Park, Maryland.

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    What most may not remember is that President Richard Nixon proposed the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and oversaw its genesis which began on December 2, 1970 after he signed an Executive Order establishing the agency.

    As a result, the EPA has severely curtailed auto and electricity production emissions providing vastly improved air quality, banned DDT, cleaned up toxic waste sites across the U.S., and eliminated the use of Chlorofluorocarbons which were found to be destroying our ozone layer. EPA mandates and activities has resulted in cleaner air, purer water, and better protected land for the benefit of not only U.S. citizens but as a model from which the rest of the world benefits.

    What “sparked” – no pun intended – Nixon’s interest was the Cuyahoga River disaster. On June 22, 1969, the Cuyahoga River burst into flames in Cleveland when sparks from a passing train set fire to oil-soaked debris floating on the water's surface. It was that incident that moved President Nixon to establish the EPA which was subsequently ratified into existence after committee hearings and votes in both the House and Senate.

    Another ancillary small item I thought was interesting is that the Oval Office Presidential seal was imprinted on the center of the ceiling. Nixon had the seal recreated within the carpet in front of the Presidential desk and centered directly below the artwork above. It is one of the key focus points for all that have seen pictures from within the Oval Office ever since.

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    The ceiling of the Oval Office mimic within the Nixon Presidential Library.

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    The shot "must" be taken. ;)

    Today Nixon would be deemed a Progressive. This means he would be a Democrat given the social causes he championed.

    Of all the "accomplishments" Nixon will be forever known for, probably the most noteworthy was that he pulled the plug on U.S. involvement in the very unpopular Vietnam War. The Vietnam War saw the deaths of an estimated 2.5 million Vietnamese, Laotians, and Cambodian's between 1954 and 1975 when the war concluded. The U.S lost 58,318 soldiers during the years between June 8, 1956 when the first U.S. KIA was recorded and the last two on April 29, 1975

    What Nixon is most well-known for however was the break in to the Watergate Hotel where the Democratic National Committee headquarters was located. The subsequent scandal saw many within the top levels of the U.S. Government indicted and imprisoned afterwards.

    Number one of which was President Nixon who resigned in disgrace before almost certain impeachment on August 9, 1974. The former House Majority leader Gerald Ford became the Vice President when Spiro Agnew resigned the year before after found to have been accepting payments from contractors during his time as a Maryland official and during his reign as the Vice President of the United States. On October 10, 1973, Agnew pled no contest to a single felony charge of tax evasion which was unrelated to Watergate.

    Gerald Ford was sworn in as the 38th President of the United States immediately after Nixon's formal resignation. Ford pardoned Nixon for all crimes related to Watergate less than a month later on September 8, 1974.

    40 other Government officials were also indicted or jailed due to Watergate.

    H.R. Haldeman and John Erlichman (White House staff), resigned 30 April 1973, and were subsequently jailed.

    John Dean (White House legal counsel) was sacked on April 30th, 1973. He was subsequently jailed.

    John Mitchell, Attorney-General and Chairman of the Committee to Re-elect the President, was also jailed.

    Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy (ex-White House staff), who planned and instituted the Watergate break-in, were both jailed.

    Charles Colson, Special Counsel to the President, was jailed.

    James McCord (Security Director of the Committee for the Re-Election of the President '), was also jailed.

    President Nixon's infamous Watergate tapes detailing his "Obstruction of Justice" and "Resignation Address"


    The Nixon Library and Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sundays from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

    Admission from November 20, 2017 to January 7, 2018 includes both a Standard and Holiday Rate.

    Standard Rate/Holiday Rate

    Adults: $16.00/$26.00
    Seniors (62+): $12.00/$22.00
    College/Student: $10.00/$20.00
    Military Retired: $10.00/$20.00
    Military Active: Free/Free
    Youth: $10.00/$20.00
    Children (ages 5-11): $6.00/$16.00
    Children (ages 4 and under): Free/Free

    You can visit the Nixon Library Museums website for more detailed information on the ever changing and interesting exhibits and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Especially history buffs!

    Tomorrow I will post a few more details regarding what the event was really about. ;)

    2018 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV-29

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    At Hyundai’s North American Headquarters in Fountain Valley, Calif.​
     
  2. Carcus

    Carcus Well-Known Member

    Nixon's crime wasn't the Watergate break-in.

    He didn't even know about it until after the fact. (As can be heard in his criticism of the 'a-hole/nuts' Liddy towards the end of the referenced tape)

    His crime was that he tried to cover it up.
     
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  3. Carcus

    Carcus Well-Known Member

    "Today Nixon would be deemed a Progressive. This means he would be a Democrat given the social causes he championed."


    I guess Trump and Nixon have something in common here,... as Trump won the election on his pro-labor stance.... which means he should be a Democrat.

    /wouldn't it be great if all political discussions focused on issues Instead of personalities?
     
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  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Carcus:

    It was indeed Nixon's "Obstruction of Justice" that nailed him.

    When it comes to personalities, Nixon moved the bar on the EPA and pulling out of Vietnam. Regarding Civil Rights, in 1970 Nixon sought to end segregated schools for black and white children throughout the nation and in particular in the South. Segregation was immoral and Nixon stood on the the side of justice.

    Nixon's Civil Rights Record

    It was interesting that you brought up Trump as he speaks highly of labor but has not moved the bar for labor or any other social platform. History will more than likely not treat Trump kindly as he will be judged for his actions, not his words.

    Wayne
     
  5. Carcus

    Carcus Well-Known Member

    That's the first time I've ever heard anyone say Nixon succeeded on his personality.

    In regards to History's judgement of Trump, maybe we ought to wait a little bit. He's barely into the first year. (round 6 of the NAFTA re-negotiation is scheduled for January----let's give the workaholic's actions a chance)
     
  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Carcus:

    Personality?

    Regarding the "workaholic" comment, do you mean on the Golf Course?

    Wayne
     
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  7. Carcus

    Carcus Well-Known Member

    Be it good or bad, .. he's a workaholic... and an avid golfer. He has even been known to do both at the same time.
     
  8. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Carcus:

    Still trying to understand workaholic. Working on what? He watches a lot of TV apparently. Travels to his Resorts a lot more than any other President in history. And plays more Golf than any other POTUS in history. Nixon was known early on as a political prodigy in the halls of Congress which helped him achieve the VP and Presidential titles.

    Nixon was knee deep in Obstruction whereas Trump and his team is knee deep in both Obstruction and Collusion with our Russian "friends".

    Paulson: Putin Pushed China To Dump Fannie Bonds And Crush The U.S. Financial System

    This was back in 2008 when the Russian Oligarch saved Trump with the $95 million USD purchase of a bankrupt Florida property for twice the purchase price. Who the hell was buying unlivable property for top $s during the 2007 - 2009 Real Estate and Financial collapse in Florida or anywhere else?

    Wayne
     
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  9. Carcus

    Carcus Well-Known Member

    Wayne,

    Can I interest you in a "Trump 2020" t-shirt?
     

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