Thursday, September 11, 2008

Something obvious post 9/11

I got an email today with the following message:

After 9/11, the National Institute of Standards and Technology issued a comprehensive report on what safety standerds need to be updated to protect our skyscrapers and the people who work in them. The report recommended common sense actions like adding more fireproofing and an extra emergency stairwell. Sounds like a no-brainer, right?

Not for the Bush administration. On September 8th, the New York Times reported that the General Services Administration - a federal agency that manages property for the government - is opposing the new safety standards. That's right. An agency of the Bush administration is using your tax dollars to fight against the very standards that could have saved lives on 9/11. Why? To help line the pockets of super-rich landlords and appease the real estate lobby.

I just the Board of Directors of the International Code Council to demand that they vote to enact these important safety standards. I hope you will too.

Please have a look and take action.

Take action here.


The Bush administration has cynically politicized 9/11 but has not taken the obvious steps that will help ensure future safety.

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