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.

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  • Asha

    I was disturbed by Obama’s decision as well for someone who put up this facade that he truly cared about the environment and clean air when in reality he cannot stand behind his so called “beliefs”. The way he handled this situation definatly makes me look at him very different than before and confuses me on if I should support him or not

    • herwin

      Think about it, Obama didn’t realise any of his promises that made him president. There is still Guantanamo and still wars in Irak and … (fill in country)
      Is Obama bowing under pressure ? He wants to do good but the bad guys pressure him too much ? So he has the strenght, the inteligence, the back up from powerful people, to become president, yet now suddenly he cant do anything he promised ?
      Yah, right. Thanks, Obama, for throwing out the trust that people haver placed in you.

  • eleanor

    I totally agree with Adrian Grenier and Robert Redford. Yes We Can. What? Acquiesce with the big oil companies who make billions of dollars? Renege on campaign promises to promote and grow the green energy industry? Back down on stern promises to cut down on pollution? Obama – where is your backbone? Stop being an appeaser and stick up for yourself for goodness sake. We voted for you because we actually believed you might signal change – but you are disappointingly like all the rest – you give in to money and power. So I say Adrian and Robert – go ahead and say what you really think!

    • herwin

      i dont think that anyone with a weak backbone can make it to become president. Only the toughest person could make it. Maybe its just too hard to accept the truth that his speeches and promises were just clever speeches that everybody neede to hear, but his actual agenda was very diferent from the beginning.
      Here is a clue, the guy promised to take a shelter puppy, instead he tried to fool everyone with a pure bred puppy, and no, there was not pressure from any powerful lobby to break that promise.
      Obama = tells what you want to hear + big nice smile + does something else.
      Next president ? BILL CLINTON ! he is a sewer rat like all of the politicians but at least he is a VEGAN rat, so we could finally brag that the White House has a vegan president.