Former Vice President Al Gore writes in a two-paragraph blog post that President Obama bowed to pressure from polluters when he refused to implement new rules to reduce smog in major U.S. cities.
Gore writes, “Instead of relying on science, President Obama appears to have bowed to pressure from polluters who did not want to bear the cost of implementing new restrictions on their harmful pollution—even though economists have shown that the US economy would benefit from the job creating investments associated with implementing the new technology. The result of the White House’s action will be increased medical bills for seniors with lung disease, more children developing asthma, and the continued degradation of our air quality.”
Gore already expressed disappointment in Obama in a piece he wrote recently for Rolling Stone, but his remarks were bit more measured. In this blog post, titled “Confronting Disappointment,” Gore not only cites Obama’s Friday decision but gives support to activists protesting in front of the White House “the tar sands pipeline that would lead to a massive increase in global warming pollution.” Even more, he compares Obama’s policy to those “put in place by the Bush-Cheney administration.”