Actors Adrian Grenier and Robert Redford openly criticized President Obama this week, after the president, under pressure from Republicans, dropped an EPA plan for tougher rules on smog-causing emissions.
Grenier took to Twitter to voice his displeasure, tweeting, “COME ON @BarackObama why did you cave ? Lead, don’t concede!” He also included a link in his tweet to a blog on the topic, which outlines several of Obama’s environmental failures.
The linked post includes a quote from Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, stating, “The Obama administration is caving to big polluters at the expense of protecting the air we breathe. This is a huge win for corporate polluters and a huge loss for public health.”
The Entourage star wasn’t the only celebrity upset with the president’s decision. Hollywood legend Redford wrote a lengthy article for the Huffington Post stating his thoughts on the situation.
“One reason I supported President Obama is because he said we must protect clean air, water and lands. But what good is it to say the right thing unless you act on it? Since early August, three administration decisions — on Arctic drilling, the Keystone XL pipeline and the ozone that causes smog — have all favored dirty industry over public health and a clean environment. Like so many others, I’m beginning to wonder just where the man stands,” he wrote.
As for the president, he defended his commitment to the environment in a statement released on September 2, stating, “I want to be clear: my commitment and the commitment of my administration to protecting public health and the environment is unwavering. I will continue to stand with the hardworking men and women at the EPA as they strive every day to hold polluters accountable and protect our families from harmful pollution. And my administration will continue to vigorously oppose efforts to weaken EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act or dismantle the progress we have made.”
Hopefully, that’s true — only time will tell. But how much much more can the planet take? As Redford said, “I have to believe that President Obama still knows it’s important to protect clean air, water and lands. Like so many, I’m waiting for him to stand up for all that. I’m waiting for him to stand up for our future. But we can’t wait forever.”
via The Daily Caller.