American Lung Association Applauds President Obama’s Call to Rein in Power Plant Carbon Pollution

Washington, D.C. (June 25, 2013)


Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s call for limits on power plant carbon pollution and other initiatives to address the impacts of climate change.

“The American Lung Association applauds the vision laid out by President Obama to address the impacts of climate change.  By calling for standards to rein in carbon pollution from power plants, the president is continuing the progress his administration has already made in reducing illness and premature deaths associated with air pollution. By stating the real risks to Americans today from a changing climate, the president enables the nation to better prepare for the future.”

“Scientists warn that the buildup of carbon pollution will create warmer temperatures, which will increase the risk of unhealthful ozone (smog) levels, because higher temperatures can enhance the conditions for ozone formation. Even with the steps that are in place to reduce ozone pollution, evidence warns that changes in climate are likely to make it harder to control unhealthy ozone levels in the future in large parts of the United States.”

“Power plants should no longer be allowed to emit unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air. The nation owes it to our kids and future generations to act now. Air pollution both fuels and is fueled by climate change. The tools to correct these problems lie very much within our reach. One question that remains is whether we have the political will to protect our children’s health.

“Today, the president displayed that he has the will and the American Lung Association calls for immediate actions to reduce the impacts of climate change.”

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