American Lung Association Statement on the Supreme Court’s Action on the Clean Power Plan
Leaders in all states urged to continue to work on steps to reduce carbon pollution
(February 10, 2016) - CHICAGO
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Statement of the American Lung Association, in response to the announcement that the Supreme Court decided 5-4 to put the Clean Power Plan on hold by issuing a stay on the rule until legal challenges against it have been resolved:
"The American Lung Association is disappointed that the Supreme Court issued a stay on the Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan will help protect the nation from the ongoing and growing public health threat that is climate change.
"Warmer temperatures as a result of climate change degrade air quality, and create more particle pollution from increased wildfires and drought. The Clean Power Plan is designed to protect against these threats and other effects of climate change, including more frequent and intense extreme weather events, such as heat waves and floods, and the spread of some dangerous diseases.
"Carbon pollution that is driving climate change poses a current and growing threat to lung health and public safety. The Clean Power Plan provides critical health benefits to our nation's families, and especially those most at risk: infants; children; older adults; people with lung disease such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer; people with cardiovascular disease or diabetes; people in lower income households; and anyone who works outdoors. Evidence shows that the Clean Power Plan would prevent up to 3,600 premature deaths and 90,000 asthma attacks in 2030, as well as prevent 300,000 missed days of work and school.
"The Lung Association intervened in this case to support the powerful benefits to public health that this Plan provides. The American Lung Association will continue to defend the Clean Power Plan and urges leaders in all states to continue taking steps to reduce carbon pollution from power plants to protect the health of their citizens."
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.