24 Jun '11, 7pm

Obama admin. lets public health fall prey to politics with delay of life-saving #cleanair standards #right2breathe

On public health protections, administration wants us to play the waiting game Imagine two tiny figures perched on a politician's shoulders—one scientific, the other political. The scientist whispers in the politician's ear: "You can save 6,500 lives every year with these health protections!" The tiny politician counters, "You can save those lives, but who will save you from the powerful industry lobbyists outside your door?" So with an election approaching, the right thing to do—pursuing environmental policy that will save lives, not placate industry—becomes the thing that isn't done. And the tiny scientist is brushed off. New evidence of that approach came today. The Environmental Protection Agency just announced that it will grant itself—in violation of a court's order that commanded otherwise—until April 2012 to finish health protections against toxic air pollution fro...

Full article: http://earthjustice.org/blog/2011-june/instead-of-saving-...

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