Once Upon A Time We all Believed in Obama…..

Dear Shaded Viewers,

What do you think of this?


President Obama just dropped us like a hot potato.

It happened on Friday, without warning, when the President cozied up

to America's biggest polluters and killed life-saving ozone smog

rules that his EPA has been working on diligently for years.

What stings almost as badly as the smog is this: the White House

reached into the George W. Bush playbook by delivering this slap in

the face on the eve of a holiday weekend — clearly hoping that all

would be forgotten by Tuesday morning.

Sorry, Mr. President. That's not going to happen.

For one thing, the President's pro-polluter stance is

getting to be a bad habit. In the last month alone, the Obama

Administration has given Shell tentative approval to drill off the

coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge … flashed a preliminary

green light for the disastrous Keystone XL tar sands pipeline … and

now sided with corporate interests over every American who needs to


Where is the courageous leader who reined in Big Oil in the wake

of the Deepwater Horizon disaster  … who stood up to automakers and

demanded tougher gas mileage goals … who dared to champion clean

energy and high speed rail?

That inspirational President is in hiding, under siege by

Congressional Republicans and the American Petroleum Institute.

Clearly, his political advisors decided he had better curry favor with

the fossil fuel barons by throwing us overboard. We get it.

But we don't have to take it. Listen, no one likes being

dumped. But that's politics, my friend. Getting hit is just part

of the deal. What separates the winners from the losers is how you

fight back after you're knocked down.

And we ARE going to fight back — hard and fast. Why? Because

the White House has obviously calculated that we will sit by quietly

and take it … that there is little or no political price to pay for

stabbing the environment in the back.

And they have absolutely no reason to stop selling out our

family's health and natural heritage to big polluters until they

feel our outrage and anger.

I urge you to pick up the phone right now and give President

Obama a piece of your mind.

Call the White House comment line at: 202-456-1111.

Tell the President you're shocked at his decision to

reject new standards for ozone smog. Tell him to defend the Clean Air

Act against the latest attacks by House Republicans during his jobs

speech on Thursday night. And urge him to show leadership once again

by rejecting the Keystone XL tars sands pipeline, which could doom any

hope for the clean energy future he promised us.

If you don't get through the first time, call again! If

the lines are jammed it means that tens of thousands of us are making

our collective voices heard — and that the White House is feeling the


Once you get through, please reply to this email letting me

know, so we can track the success of this effort.

Making a phone call is not too much to ask. Over the last

several weeks, more than 1,000 citizens — including scientists,

professors and ranchers — were arrested when they staged a peaceful

protest against the tar sands pipeline outside the White House.

I'm not asking you to get arrested. I am urging you to build on

the momentum and media attention they created — to keep the pressure

on the President to do the right thing — by calling the White House

until you are heard.

Don't let the President take you for granted. Speak your mind

right now … or you can surely expect worse to come.



Frances Beinecke


Natural Resources Defense Council

P.S.  NRDC will be giving the White House a piece of our own mind this

week — in court! We will immediately resume our lawsuit to overturn

the illegal, Bush-era ozone pollution standards that President Obama

is now defending. If he is not willing to uphold the law and stand up

to big polluters, then we will not hesitate to make him do it. And we

will hold his feet to the fire, as we've done with every

President of both parties for the past 40 years. If you want to help

us wage and win this landmark fight for our right to breathe clean

air, please make an online donation today.



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.