Last Friday, President Obama betrayed millions of Americans when he stopped stronger clean air health protections from seeing the light of day.
This is not the change that was promised, but more of the same. By leaving weak Bush-era ozone standards in place, the President is letting dirty industrial polluters pump dangerous levels of contaminants into our air. What a shame!
The President knows that the standards he just blocked would save up to 12,000 lives every year, prevent tens of thousands of asthma attacks and hospital visits, and prevent hundreds of thousands of lost school and work days. Renowned doctors and scientists have urged the White House to strengthen the standard to prevent sickness and save lives. Yet instead of protecting our lungs, the White House caved to pressure from corporate polluters, with big oil playing a lead role. The White House must stop throwing our health protections under the bus to appease polluters. Americans deserve better! We deserve clean air!
But you can do something about this travesty. The call goes out to everyone who breathes to call the White House and let them know that you’re outraged by this betrayal of our right to clean air. Call the White House comment line: (202) 456-1111. If you don’t get through the first time, please try again.
EarthJustice went to bat for Americans after the Bush administration adopted its weak ozone standards in 2008. When the Obama Administration promised to reconsider those standards, he was given the benefit of the doubt by putting that case on hold. For more than two years the administration promised to release the standards, but all we got was delay after delay after delay; and now this terrible news.
So your help is needed!
If you want to breathe cleaner air, if you want to save thousands of children and seniors who suffer from respiratory and lung ailments—grab your phone and call. Every voice needs to be heard!
The White House needs to know that business as usual is not going to fly with Americans. Not when it means our families, friends, and neighbors will needlessly face sickness and death from filthy air. This must stop! Please pick up that phone!
Make your call today:
- The White House: (202) 456-1111
When the receptionist answers the phone, please let the White House know you are outraged the President blocked ozone standards that would save thousands of American lives and make our air healthier to breathe.
Here’s a sample of what you can say:
‘Hello! My name is (name), and I live in (city, state).
‘I’m calling to let the White House, and President Obama, know I am outraged the President stopped ozone standards that would save up to 12,000 American lives every year. Instead of protecting our lungs, the White House caved to pressure from corporate polluters who may now continue pumping dangerous levels of contaminants into our air.
‘We were promised change, so I urge President Obama to keep his promise and show he supports clean air by finalizing all of the EPA’s clean air rules and by promising to veto any bill that tries to block them.
‘Corporate polluter profits must not be prioritized over the health of Americans.
After you make your call, log your experience by emailing [email protected]