Sunday, May 22, 2011

Take Action: Tell President Obama to Clean Up Our Air

Tell President Obama to Clean Up Our Air, Send a Message Today! 


If you live in America, there is a 50% chance that your air is not safe to breathe -- thanks to the dangerous levels of air pollution that we know of as smog.1

And smog does more than cloud your skyline -- it irritates your lungs, triggers asthma attacks, increases emergency room visits and can lead to irreversible lung damage or even death.2

There is no doubt that smog is a nasty, pernicious pollutant -- but we have the technology and the opportunity to clean up our air -- the EPA is now considering a new smog standard that will better protect people's health.

Send a quick message to the Obama Administration. Tell them to protect our health and stand up against air pollution!

The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to periodically review the evidence and set air quality standards that will protect people's health. Based on the unanimous recommendation of the members of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, the EPA will likely set a new smog standard this July.

But it's the same old story -- Big Coal, Big Oil and other polluting industries are pressuring the Obama Administration to delay setting a new standard or to issue a weak standard so that they can continue to pollute our air and make us sick.

The American Petroleum Institute has been fighting the smog standards before the studies were even out.

Polluters can roll out all the confusing charts, well-heeled lobbyists, and shiny ads they want. But it comes down to a simple question -- do you want clean air or not? Working together, we can beat back polluters and embolden the Obama Administration to protect the clean air Americans deserve.

Take a minute to send a message to President Obama and let him know we all need clean air to breathe. 

Clean air means a healthy economy. The Clean Air Act's benefits -- saving lives and preventing illness -- have vastly exceeded the costs of cleaning up air pollution.3

Let President Obama know that you want him to set a new smog standard that will protect your health, send your message today!

Thank you for all you do for our environment.


Sarah Hodgdon
Sierra Club, Conservation Director

P.S. -- After you take action, forward this message to your friends and family.

[1] "2011 American Lung Association State of the Air Report," Key Findings, ALA: 2011.
[2] "2011 American Lung Association State of the Air Report", Ozone Pollution, ALA: 2011.
[3] "Benefits and Costs of the Clean Air Act," EPA: April 12, 2011.