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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Supports EPA plan for clean power

Letter to the Editor

We have an obligation to protect our children and future generations from the impacts of climate change by addressing its main cause: carbon pollution from power plants. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan does just that, drawing on the strength and ingenuity of American innovation to slash dangerous carbon pollution being dumped into our air, while driving investment in energy efficiency and clean energy that will power the 21st century. The Clean Power Plan means we will never have to choose between healthy communities and a healthy economy.

Power plants are responsible for 40 percent of the carbon pollution in the United States, our single largest source. Carbon pollution fuels climate change, which triggers more asthma attacks and respiratory disease, worsens air quality and contributes to more frequent, destructive, costly and deadly extreme weather events. The Clean Power Plan will prevent up to 150,000 asthma attacks and 6,600 premature deaths annually by 2030. ...

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We have an obligation to protect our children and future generations from the impacts of climate change by addressing its main cause: carbon pollution from power plants. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan does just that, drawing on the strength and ingenuity of American innovation to slash dangerous carbon pollution being dumped into our air, while driving investment in energy efficiency and clean energy that will power the 21st century. The Clean Power Plan means we will never have to choose between healthy communities and a healthy economy.

Power plants are responsible for 40 percent of the carbon pollution in the United States, our single largest source. Carbon pollution fuels climate change, which triggers more asthma attacks and respiratory disease, worsens air quality and contributes to more frequent, destructive, costly and deadly extreme weather events. The Clean Power Plan will prevent up to 150,000 asthma attacks and 6,600 premature deaths annually by 2030.

While we already set limits for mercury, arsenic and lead, polluters are taking advantage of a loophole allowing them to dump unlimited carbon into our air, fueling climate change and putting our health at risk. The Clean Power Plan means less carbon and more jobs, as states around the country use the flexibility it allows to craft plans that fit their needs and build on the progress they’ve already made.

Stephen R. Wicks

Bedford