Acrosss the country, public health professionals, parents, professors and physicians are mobilizing to show their support for the Clean Power Plan. This, following an announcement earlier in the month that air pollution is now the fourth leading cause of death worldwide. Health experts and concerned citizens alike are drawing public attention to the health costs of emissions from power plants. In Ohio alone, as Midwest Energy News points out below, an analysis prepared last summer found that resuming the state's renewable energy and energy efficiency standards next year could help avoid 2,820 premature deaths, 4,470 heart attacks and 44,390 asthma attacks between 2017 and 2029. “If we have the evidence that cleaning up the standards will protect society, then I think it is fair to think we are putting on more burdens that can be preventable,” said pediatric physician Benjamin Kopp. Ready to rally? Join our Climate for Health leaders in becoming a part of the solution.
Midwest Energy News
By Kathiann M. Kowalski I February 29, 2016
The longer Ohio waits to cut air emissions from power plants, the more adverse illnesses it can expect for its citizens, say health and environmental advocates.
Members of Moms Clean Air Force and Environment Ohio gathered in Dublin, Ohio, on February 19 to show support for the Clean Power Plan and call for improvements in Ohio’s air quality.
That same day, Ohio and about 20 other states joined with large coal companies and electric utilities to file their joint brief urging a federal court to invalidate those rules.
‘Seeing real changes’
Speakers at the February 19 program in Columbus included Richard Hicks of the Columbus Public Health Department, Laura Burns of Moms Clean Air Force, Matt Keyes from the office of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, and Benjamin Kopp, a pediatric physician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and associate professor at The Ohio State University in Columbus.
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