Obama Could Make You Safer With the Stroke of His Pen
by John Deans
This country is littered with chemical plants and you're likely close enough to one that stores or uses deadly chemicals, like chlorine gas, to be at risk of a catastrophe if something unexpected were to happen. Most people in the U.S. are. There are safe, affordable alternatives to these dangerous chemicals available right now. But instead of making the switch, the chemical industry has chosen to spend its money lobbying Congress so that it can keep putting you needlessly at risk. Unfortunately that strategy is working. The good news is you don't have to wait on Congress to act. President Obama has the authority under the Clean Air Act to enforce this change himself and be a hero. However, getting his attention in an election year isn't going to be easy. So Greenpeace is teaming up with a broad coalition of groups to make it happen. There's no time to lose. Help Greenpeace kick things off by collecting 50,000 signatures in the next 48 hours and tell President Obama you support him using his authority to prevent a chemical disaster near you. The President has been outspoken on this issue. In fact, back when he was a Senator here's what he had to say: "We cannot allow chemical industry lobbyists to dictate the terms of this debate. We cannot allow our security to be hijacked by corporate interests." Now he has the chance to do something about it. Legislation that would address this problem has completely stalled in Congress and, thanks to the deep pockets of the chemical lobby, is going nowhere. It's up to the President to do the right thing and he needs our support. If the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and the nuclear disaster in Fukushima have taught us anything in the last couple of years, it's that disasters happen. There's no reason for millions of Americans to remain needlessly at risk from dangerous chemicals when safer alternatives exist. Tell the President you support him using his authority to do what Congress won't, and put the safety and health of American citizens ahead of corporate interests.