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.
A couple of things came to mind, but the two that have stayed with me are these:
– Nice that Al not only did a shout-out to the Tar Sands Action protesters, but that he did so in the very first sentence of his posting.
– Hey Al! Why not come on down to the White House fence and dare Obama to arrest you?
Really, that would be superb. It’s one thing for a former vice president to make a statement that zips around the blogosphere for a day or so. It’s quite another for that same fella to put his body on the line in a very physical sort of statement, one that cannot be ignored, one that reverberates like the Liberty Bell, all over the nation if not the world.
Do it, Al. Do it for the planet. Do it for the kids. You can have the fence spot next to Lt. Dan Choi’s.