The next time that you confront a climate change denier, ask them to visit the nearest hospital, where they’ll see patients suffering from asthma, heart disease and stroke. Fossil fuel pollution damages health and our climate. It’s clear that government programs designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have major public health benefits. Recent estimates show that switching from coal to wind and solar energy could save Americans up to $110 billion per year in healthcare costs
However, a new bill introduced in the House threatens to ignore the public health benefits of these vital policies. HR 3117 would weaken the ability of government agencies such as the EPA and Department of Energy to use the social costs of greenhouse gas emissions in their cost-benefit analysis of energy policies.
The social cost of carbon puts an official dollar value on the damages caused by a one-ton increase in greenhouse gas emissions. A marker of the public health impacts of emissions must be part of the policymaking process to devise robust protections for our communities from the devastating health effects of climate change.
Climate change is harming our health now. We need policy choices and tools that reflect the benefits of cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
Tell your representative stand up for climate action and against anti-science, anti-health measures like HR 3117.