Tagged: President Barack Obama

INFOGRAPHIC: New Standards For Mercury And Toxic Air Pollution

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President Obama just announced a once-in-a-generation step forward to protect our environment—the first-ever national standards on mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants.

It’s a huge accomplishment that will help clean up our air and water, preventing thousands of premature deaths and over 100,000 cases of childhood asthma each year.

Check out this fact sheet below on what these new air pollution standards mean for our health and environment, then share it with your friends and family. Continue reading

VIDEO: New EPA Mercury Rules And Air Toxics Standards Are A Big Deal

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This is a major victory for the Environmental Protection Agency, environmentalists, President Obama, and all people who enjoy breathing clean air. According to grist.org, “Finally controlling mercury and toxics will be an advance on par with getting lead out of gasoline.” Considering this political climate and the amount of heavy opposition the EPA has been getting this is quite a feat and great news during the holiday season. Continue reading

Mos Def Makes Loop21’s List Of Today’s Most Politically Active Black Celebrities

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In light of the new film “Sing Your Song,” celebrating the life of activist and entertainment legend Harry Belafonte, Loop21.com posted a list of today’s most politically active Black celebrities.

I think it’s a pretty great list, even including Black celebs who engage in environmental activism like Aisha Tyler (although I don’t know how much I’d want to be on any list with Russell Simmons. Y’all like him though). The Mighty Mos Def turned Yasiin also makes the list and Continue reading

Obama Oks Smog And Thousands Of Asthma And Heart Attacks Per Year

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Photo Credit: Smog over Skyline from São Paulo city in Brazil by Gaf.arq

Ever so quietly this Labor Day Weekend President Obama announced he is directing the EPA to withdraw smog standards that would have cut smog pollution from power plants, refineries and even cars. The smog limits would have prevented 2,200 heart attacks and 23,000 asthma attacks annually. A little more smog might not seem like such a big deal but air pollution was recently found to be worse for you than cocaine. Considering the alarming asthma rates in African-American communities (every 1 in 6 has asthma) President Obama is putting his black supporters and environmentalists in a tough position when it comes to re-election. Continue reading