Yesterday’s decision by Barack Obama to abandon protections for Americans from deadly smog that kills between 4,000 and 12,000 Americans every year was just the latest in a long series of anti-environmental actions by Obama since he became President.
Obama promised to put solar panels up on the roof of the White House – then broke that promise, refusing to put solar panels on the White House even when the solar panels were donated. He promised to pass strong legislation to confront climate change – then packed the bill with subsidies for the coal industry before abandoning the legislation altogether.
Barack Obama has pushed for the expansion of offshore drilling, even allowing new drilling in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling disaster. He’s allowed the commission to wither without ever issuing a report about the causes of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.
Barack Obama’s Administration has blocked consideration of endangered species petitions. Obama has even supported the legalization of wolf hunts, though wolves are still gravely endangered, and even locally extinct over most of the United States.
So, am I surprised that Barack Obama is now supporting the American Petroleum Institute and lobbyists from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and allowing George W. Bush’s lax rules to allow fatal levels of smog-causing ozone across the nation? No, I’m not surprised at all. I’m sickened. I’m disgusted. I’m furious.
That’s why, this afternoon, I’m starting the Environmentalists Against Obama group on Facebook. Barack Obama has broken trust with environmentalists. He’s continued Bush’s anti-environmental crusade. There’s no reason environmentalists should work to help Obama get another term in the White House. We need a genuine environmentalist candidate, and we cannot accept the kind of dirty compromise that Barack Obama has made his hallmark.