President Obama to Join American Lung Association for Telephone Briefing on EPA’s Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards

Wasington, D.C. (June 1, 2014)

WHAT:  President Obama will join the American Lung Association for a telephone briefing to health professionals and public health advocates regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon pollution standards for existing power plants, expected health benefits and opportunities to provide public input.

Evidence is clear that unlimited carbon pollution from power plants is accelerating climate change and harming the health of our nation today, from degraded air quality to devastating droughts and worsening wildfires. The impacts affect all of us, but are especially harmful to children and other vulnerable populations.

Placing first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants is a vital step to prevent the worst effects of climate change. Unless strong carbon standards are adopted, reducing air pollution to protect our families and communities will become even more challenging.

WHEN:  Monday, June 2, 2014, 1:50 PM ET

WHO: President Barack Obama 
         Harold P. Wimmer, National President & CEO, American Lung Association

HOW: For call-in information, please contact Hanah Smith (, 734.679.6348)

Co-sponsoring organizations include:

American Academy of Pediatrics, American Thoracic Society, American Public Health Association, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Childhood Asthma Leadership Coalition, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Association of Hispanic Nurses, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association and Trust for America’s Health


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: