Health Professionals Nationwide Support Clean Power Plan as 'Imperative' for Health
September 26, 2016
Washington, DC (September 26, 2016) – Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) salutes the Clean Power Plan as a means to improve and protect human health by reducing carbon emissions, allowing our nation to surge forward with renewable energy, and ensuring cleaner, healthier air today and the well-being of future generations.
"Supporting the Clean Power Plan is a health imperative," stated Catherine Thomasson, MD, PSR executive director. "The Clean Power Plan is essential to slow the pace of climate change. Health effects of climate change are striking us now. Heat stroke during heat waves is the largest cause of death, but rising air pollution causes heart attacks and lung disease, and new infections such as Zika virus and rising Lyme disease are causing severe disability," she continued.
There have been 93 weather and wildfire-related disasters causing over $1 billion in damage between 2005 and 2015 based on the Federal Emergency Management Agency amounting to $586 billion in total losses. FEMA covered only $67 billion in grant relief, meaning that people's homes, businesses and therefore heath suffered even more.
The Clean Power Plan is an essential program to help our nation limit carbon pollution and address climate change.
By motivating the states to replace coal combustion with renewable energy and energy efficiency, the Clean Power Plan will allow us to power the economy without endangering human health. Many states are already moving ahead with these programs with little or no increase in electricity costs. In fact, the Clean Power Plan will prevent 3,600 premature deaths, 90,000 asthma attacks in children, and 300,000 missed work and school days per year by 2030 just from the reduction in conventional pollutants.
The World Medical Association labeled climate change "the biggest global health threat of the 21st Century" and the American Medical Association and over nine major medical specialty associations are taking action.
Expanding renewable energy and investing in energy efficiency are the best ways to reduce the need for polluting energy sources and secure a safer future for our children. That's why PSR enthusiastically supports the Clean Power Plan to limit carbon pollution from power plants, which account for over one-third of U.S. carbon pollution.
Millions of people - a majority of Americans! - support the Clean Power Plan. These states are already moving forward with tailored strategies to limit carbon pollution and reduce levels of health-threatening soot and smog, making our air healthier to breathe.
Physicians for Social Responsibility is a national organization addressing climate change, one of the gravest threats to human health and survival. PSR is the affiliate of International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War winner of 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.