” I will restore the basic principle that government decisions should be based on the best-available, scientifically valid evidence and not on the ideological predispositions of agency officials or political appointees.”– Barack Obama, 2008
When he ran for President four years ago, Barack Obama promised over and over again that under his watch, the decisions of the federal government would be based on science, not on political expediency. Yet, this week (and not for the first time), the Obama Administration decided to ignore the advice of the government’s own scientists, and block environmental action.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Wednesday that it would refuse to provide protections against the nitrous oxide and sulfur oxide pollution that causes acid rain. This decision came in spite of the acknowledgement by the EPA’s own scientists that the proposed pollution protections are necessary to prevent further ecological degradation of the waterways in the northeastern United States.
Whether you’re interested in a President who defends the integrity of science in the public process or you’re looking for President who will protect America’s natural resources, Barack Obama is not a leader you can trust.