You’ve Been Dumped! Give the President a piece of your mind.

Read this message and find out why anyone who cares about the environment simply must be calling the White House today.

Dial the White House comment line at: 202-456-1111.

Do not stop until you are heard!  

Dear SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras,

President Obama just dropped us like a hot potato.

It happened on Friday, without warning, when the President cozied up to America’s biggest polluters and killed life-saving ozone smog rules that his EPA has been working on diligently for years.

What stings almost as badly as the smog is this: the White House reached into the George W. Bush playbook by delivering this slap in the face on the eve of a holiday weekend — clearly hoping that all would be forgotten by Tuesday morning.

Sorry, Mr. President. That’s not going to happen.

For one thing, the President’s pro-polluter stance is getting to be a bad habit. In the last month alone, the Obama Administration has given Shell tentative approval to drill off the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge … flashed a preliminary green light for the disastrous Keystone XL tar sands pipeline … and now sided with corporate interests over every American who needs to breathe.

Where is the courageous leader who reined in Big Oil in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster  … who stood up to automakers and demanded tougher gas mileage goals … who dared to champion clean energy and high speed rail?

That inspirational President is in hiding, under siege by Congressional Republicans and the American Petroleum Institute. Clearly, his political advisors decided he had better curry favor with the fossil fuel barons by throwing us overboard. We get it.

But we don’t have to take it. Listen, no one likes being dumped. But that’s politics, my friend. Getting hit is just part of the deal. What separates the winners from the losers is how you fight back after you’re knocked down.

And we ARE going to fight back — hard and fast. Why? Because the White House has obviously calculated that we will sit by quietly and take it … that there is little or no political price to pay for stabbing the environment in the back.

And they have absolutely no reason to stop selling out our family’s health and natural heritage to big polluters until they feel our outrage and anger.

I urge you to pick up the phone right now and give President Obama a piece of your mind.

Call the White House comment line at: 202-456-1111.

Tell the President you’re shocked at his decision to reject new standards for ozone smog. Tell him to defend the Clean Air Act against the latest attacks by House Republicans during his jobs speech on Thursday night. And urge him to show leadership once again by rejecting the Keystone XL tars sands pipeline, which could doom any hope for the clean energy future he promised us.

If you don’t get through the first time, call again! If the lines are jammed it means that tens of thousands of us are making our collective voices heard — and that the White House is feeling the heat.

Once you get through, please reply to this email letting me know, so we can track the success of this effort.

Making a phone call is not too much to ask. Over the last several weeks, more than 1,000 citizens — including scientists, professors and ranchers — were arrested when they staged a peaceful protest against the tar sands pipeline outside the White House.

I’m not asking you to get arrested. I am urging you to build on the momentum and media attention they created — to keep the pressure on the President to do the right thing — by calling the White House until you are heard.

Don’t let the President take you for granted. Speak your mind right now … or you can surely expect worse to come.


Frances Beinecke
Natural Resources Defense Council


P.S.  NRDC will be giving the White House a piece of our own mind this week — in court! We will immediately resume our lawsuit to overturn the illegal, Bush-era ozone pollution standards that President Obama is now defending. If he is not willing to uphold the law and stand up to big polluters, then we will not hesitate to make him do it. And we will hold his feet to the fire, as we’ve done with every President of both parties for the past 40 years. If you want to help us wage and win this landmark fight for our right to breathe clean air, please make an online donation<>  today. Thank you. 


~ by FSVSF Admin on 6 September, 2011.

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