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. 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. The ceiling of the Oval Office mimic within the Nixon Presidential Library. 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 At Hyundai’s North American Headquarters in Fountain Valley, Calif.