James Watt and the Origins of the Corporate Counterattack on the Environment

The Crazies on the Hill

James Watt, defending his controversial nomination as Reagan’s Interior Secretary on Dec. 23, 1980 in Washington. (AP Photo)

On October 9, 1983, I was at the old Weir Cook airport in Indianapolis awaiting the arrival of David Brower, the great environmentalist. Brower emerged from the plane, his face aglow with impish triumph. We hustled down the terminal to the airport bar where he imparted the momentous news that his nemesis James  G for Gaius Watt, the messianic Secretary of Interior, had just been evicted from his post in the Reagan administration.

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Jeffrey St. Clair is editor of CounterPunch. His most recent book is An Orgy of Thieves: Neoliberalism and Its Discontents (with Alexander Cockburn). He can be reached at: sitka@comcast.net or on Twitter @JeffreyStClair3

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