For Immediate Release: August 3, 2015
Trust for America’s Health Statement on EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Essential for Safeguarding the Climate, Health and Wealth of the United States
Washington, D.C., August 3, 2015 – The following is a statement from Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) on the final carbon pollution standards for new and existing source power plants, issued today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“Today’s announcement finalizing the Clean Power Plan is an important step forward toward turning these proposals into reality and safeguarding our climate, health and wealth.
Climate change poses serious public health concerns -- from natural disasters to reduced water resources to new insect-based infectious diseases associated with higher temperatures to worsening air quality to the effects of the extreme weather we’ve seen across the country this summer.
Issuing carbon pollutions standards for new and existing power plants is one essential piece of a strategy – but we cannot stop here. The 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change mapped out the impact of climate change and measures that could be taken to protect the health of humans and the planet – and how, if we work urgently and expeditiously, we can turn the tide and achieve promising results.”
Trust for America’s Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. www.healthyamericans.org