American Lung Association Applauds Launch of President's New Clean Energy Initiative
(July 20, 2016) - Washington, D.C.
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This week, President Obama introduced the Clean Energy Savings For All Americans Initiative, a new partnership among key federal agencies that aims to increase solar energy and promote energy efficiency across the nation, particularly in low- and moderate-income communities. In response, Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, issued the following statement:
"The American Lung Association applauds President Obama's continued commitment to addressing climate change with the introduction of the Clean Energy Savings for All Americans Initiative this week. This initiative will give households the tools they need to increase energy efficiency and the use of solar energy, and at the same time, reduce the health impacts of harmful air pollution and climate change on families across the country.
"As evidence shows, a reliance on fossil fuels puts all Americans at risk from dangerous air pollution. For our most vulnerable neighbors and family members—children, older adults, people with lung disease, heart disease or diabetes, and those in low income communities—this pollution can trigger asthma attacks and heart attacks and shorten lives. This new initiative not only ensures we are taking the right steps to protect residents in these communities, but that we are making smart investments in clean energy to help combat the effects of climate change.
"The Lung Association is pleased the Administration is helping expand access to clean energy solutions. We must continue to advocate for clean energy programs like this one that reduce the use of dirty energy. By empowering families across the nation to switch to cleaner energy sources and reduce energy use through greater efficiency, we can reduce harmful air pollution and in turn, protect the health of Americans nationwide."
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.