Physicians Warn Scrapping the Clean Power Plan Could Result in 10,000s of Preventable Deaths and Illnesses October 10, 2017


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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the EPA announced the termination of the Clean Power Plan, the most comprehensive piece of climate change policy on the federal level. The policy created viable pathways for states to slash carbon emissions by almost one-third from electricity sectors, greatly advancing the nation’s ability to slow climate change.

Jeff Carter, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility, issued the following statement:

“The EPA’s announcement to withdraw from the Clean Power Plan abandons a keystone piece of federal climate policy that we urgently need to protect public health. Walking away from the Clean Power Plan irresponsibly ignores rigorous scientific research documenting the serious health consequences of climate change and exposure to dirty air. Withdrawing from the Clean Power Plan will result in preventable deaths and acute illnesses across the United States. Reducing air pollution from burning fossil fuels could have prevented 3,600 premature deaths, 90,000 asthma attacks in children, and 300,000 missed work and school days each year by 2030.

“The surge of deadly hurricanes and wildfires over the past several months is a painful illustration of how climate change is already taking a toll on public health. The reckless elimination of the Clean Power Plan puts our health at risk, now and in the future. Failing to act on climate is not an option. Our nation must rally behind responsible policies that promote a just transition to clean energy to ensure health now and a livable climate for future generations.”


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