Al Gore: Obama Bowed to Pressure from Polluters

Former Vice President Al Gore in his home office in Nashville, TN. (Time magazine)Far more people care about clean air for their kids than profits for polluters.  So far more people are pissed off with Obama for his buck-stops-somewhere-else decision to do less on ozone pollution than George W. Bush proposed.

Joining the large and growing ranks of the pissed is our Nobel prize-winning former vice president.  Gore writes on his blog today:

On Friday afternoon, as brave and committed activists continued their non-violent civil disobedience outside the White House in protest of the tar sands pipeline that would lead to a massive increase in global warming pollution, President Obama ordered the EPA to abandon its pursuit of new curbs on emissions that worsens disease-causing smog in US cities. Earlier this year, the EPA’s administrator, Lisa Jackson, wrote that the levels of pollution now permitted — put in place by the Bush-Cheney administration– are “not legally defensible.” Those very same rules have now been embraced by the Obama White House.

Instead of relying on science, President Obama appears to have bowed to pressure from polluters who did not want to bear the cost of implementing new restrictions on their harmful pollution—even though economists have shown that the US economy would benefit from the job creating investments associated with implementing the new technology. The result of the White House’s action will be increased medical bills for seniors with lung disease, more children developing asthma, and the continued degradation of our air quality.

Nothing good can be said about this decision other than by the likes of the Chamber of Commerce.

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6 Responses to Al Gore: Obama Bowed to Pressure from Polluters

  1. Tom Street says:

    As a spouse of a woman who is extremely sensitive to pollution, I can attest to the actual pain that occurs when sensitive people are exposed to air pollution. But everyone is negatively affected even through they don’t necessarily realize it on a conscious level.

    Ozone pollution is lethal and dangerous and Obama has shown an unusual lack of sensitivity and concern for his fellow citizens. My respect for Obama is at a new low after this craven and uncaring decision on his part.

  2. Mimikatz says:

    As people have commented here many times, ground level ozone also results in reduced crop levels. This affects food security and farm prices.

    Too bad Obama doesn’t care.

  3. Sasparilla says:

    I wish Al was running as a primary challenger to President Obama…

  4. “Al Gore: Obama Bowed to Pressure from Polluters”…again.

    Increased offshore drilling? check

    Over two billion tonnes of new coal? check

    Keystone One? check

    Abandon cap & trade despite finally having democratic majorities in House and Senate? check

    Ignore hundreds of citizens getting arrested on your own doorstep protesting tar sands expansion? check

    Throw clean air regulations under the bus? check

    Sue EU for attempting to bring aviation climate pollution under cap & trade? check

    Which one was Gore talking about?

  5. The Auctioning of Hope.

  6. Brooks Bridges says:

    There are rumors that EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson may leave over this. This despicable decision just means we need her more than ever. Here is a site at which you can petition her to stay: