Wednesday, September 07, 2011
It is a big deal (and thank you, Al Gore)
Yesterday, I noted the United States was becoming Third World America and how our health needs were taking second place to corporations 'need' to pollute to 'save' money.
Former Vice President -- and President, yeah, I said it -- Al Gore has weighed in on the decision to reward polluters and risk the health of all Americans:
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.
It's just two paragraphs so I've included the first one. Use the link to read the second and Al Gore does a brilliant job briefly outlining the real costs of this decision.
This is not a minor point. And it's also not an easy topic.
We labored at Third over the weekend to get a piece on this topic and, in the end, couldn't come up with one. (Ava, C.I. and Ann did not work on it. Ava and C.I. were writing "TV: ABC's Infotainment" and then Ann, Ava and C.I. were writing "Our Miss Priss (Ann, Ava and C.I.)." Had they worked on it -- that's not 'they should have!' they had things to do -- I think we might have pulled it off but as it was, it was too scattered and too all over the map.) So thank you, Al Gore, for weighing in and weighing in so well.
This is about the economy and it does have huge costs, human costs, real costs. That's why we have an EPA, that's why we set up EPA standards.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Wednesday: