Saturday, March 21, 2015

Tell Anheuser-Busch: Support clean water

Thousands of MoveOn members across the country have fought for clean and safe drinking water—from banning fracking to stopping dangerous oil pipelines. Now, the federal government is considering revising the Clean Water Act to better protect our water supply, and many major industries that use water—like breweries—are on board.

But the largest American brewery, Anheuser-Busch, has not yet given public support to, and may actively be working against, reform.1 For this revision to be enacted, we need to show that there's broad support from both industry and individuals. Can you stand with our friends at Environment America and tell Anheuser-Busch to put the health of its communities above their short-term profits and publicly support clean water?

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Russell Bassett of the organization Environment America, and I started a petition to the president and vice president for corporate affairs and communications of Anheuser-Busch, which says:

Clean, abundant water is crucial for our survival—and beer making. That's why many breweries are supporting the proposed federal rule designed to restore protections to our streams and drinking water. As the nation's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch has a big stake in ensuring our waters are protected.

Anheuser-Busch has not publicly supported the clean water rule, and there is even evidence to suggest the company is working to block it.1 Anheuser-Busch makes a product beloved by millions that depends on clean water. Please make a clear and public statement in support of the Waters of the U.S. rule.

Loopholes have been carved into the Clean Water Act that leave more than half our nation's streams and the drinking water of 117 million Americans at risk for pollution. Thankfully, the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers have proposed a rule to restore these protections, which has broad public support.2

Understanding that great beer takes great water, many of the nation's breweries have come out in support of the clean water rule.3 Noticeably absent from those supporting the rule making is the nation's largest beer company, Anheuser-Busch.

On its website, the company claims, "Water is a key ingredient in the brewing of all our beers and vital to life on the planet." That's exactly why everyone—including Anheuser-Busch—needs the clean water rule to pass.

You can’t make good beer with bad water, and Anheuser-Busch—which operates a dozen breweries in the United States—relies heavily on clean water to make its popular products. Please tell Anheuser-Busch to make a clear and public statement in support of the clean water rule.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.




1. "You can't make good beer with bad water," Environment America, March 10, 2015

2. "Clean Water Act; Definitions: Waters of the United States,", accessed March 11, 2015

3. "Comment submitted by Rene Greff, Owner, Ann Arbor Brewing Company, et al.,", accessed March 11, 2015

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