Last week's Supreme Court's decision to put a stay on the Clean Power Plan will be detrimental to human health and the climate. This is why several of Climate for Health's partner organizations, including the American Public Health Association and Physicians for Social Responsibility, have issued statements voicing their disappointment in the decision and are calling for action. Climate for Health believes the Clean Power Plan has the capacity to significantly reduce U.S. carbon emissions, while simultaneously reducing emissions that include mercury, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and other harmful pollutants from coal-fired power plants. Health professionals must do all we can do to ensure the Clean Power Plan moves forward, for the health of our patients, our families, our communities and our future.
Feb 10, 2016 I Contact: David Fouse at 202-777-2501
Washington, D.C., February 10, 2016 — The American Public Health Association voiced deep disappointment today over the Supreme Court’s decision to stay the Clean Power Plan pending the outcome of ongoing litigation.
Climate change is one of the leading public health threats we face,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA. “The Clean Power Plan puts us on a course to dramatically reduce its harmful health effects, lessen air pollution and mitigate risk of asthma, injury and cardiovascular disease, among other serious dangers exacerbated by climate change. Simply put, unnecessarily delaying the Clean Power Plan puts public health at risk.”
Under the Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean Power Plan aims to reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent by the year 2030. Power plants are the leading contributor to climate change and are responsible for the largest source of carbon emissions in the United States.
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