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Former President Bill Clinton's Environmental Protection Agency chief, Carol Browner, says Republicans have "no clue" that it was them who inadvertently put the agency on the road to regulating greenhouse emissions that are blamed for climate change.

Browner, speaking Monday at an event in Washington, recalled a conversation she had nearly a quarter-century ago with then House Republican Whip Tom DeLay of Texas, which put the EPA on track to regulate manmade carbon dioxide emissions, which many scientists blame for increasing severe weather, droughts and the polar ice caps melting.

Browner recalls that DeLay had asked her if the EPA was preparing to regulate greenhouse gases. "I said, I am not sure if we have the authority" to do that, she recalled during a hearing in Congress. DeLay told her to "go ask your lawyers," and Browner said she did.

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