12/27/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Grateful for Clean Air This Thanksgiving? Help Save It!

In a strange but fitting coda to the Orwellian "clear skies" initiative, the Bush-Cheney EPA is pushing a final rule on how much pollution to allow into the air we breathe. If you're grateful for clean air this Thanksgiving, please take a minute to help save it.

Of all the Bush-Cheney lame duck mischief, it's a race to the bottom between the EPA, HHS, and CIA -- the EPA proposals allowing pollutants in the air and extractive industry waste in the groundwater, the HHS denying lawful contraception to women, and the CIA urging pardons for alleged torturers. (For a complete list of potential lame duck rulemaking shenanigans, check out OMB Watch to see potential threats to our health and safety.)

But it doesn't have to be this way. As you give thanks for clean air this Thanksgiving, take a quick minute to help keep it that way: this Friday, November 28, 2008 is the last day for public comment on whether the EPA should regulate carbon dioxide pollution, the primary cause of the climate crisis. In April 2007 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to regulate carbon dioxide if it is harming our health and welfare. With days to go before Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th presiden of the United States, the Bush-Cheney EPA is finally now requesting public comments on whether carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping pollutants are endangering our health and our climate.

Eight years ago when some people said there was no difference between Al Gore and George W. Bush on the environment, it was unfathomable to many that Americans would actually have to convince our own government that carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping pollutants endanger our health and our climate. Yet here we are.

Luckily, 55 days from now, we will have President Obama's science-oriented, reality-based EPA with a commitment to combat global warming and build a clean energy economy. But until then, we need your voice so please chime in:
click on to Al Gore's We Campaign petition at