Letter: Clean Power Plan is crucial

Published: 6/1/2016 12:01:44 AM
Clean Power Plan is crucial

With summer just around the corner and climate change driving temperatures higher and higher, the White House designated the week of May 23 as Extreme Heat Week.

Climate change is making extreme heat more common and more dangerous. That’s why public health experts are calling for action to protect our families and communities, including the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

Fourteen of the 15 hottest years on record have occurred since 2000, with heat waves causing severe agricultural impacts, dirtier air and heat-related deaths. And while climate deniers continue to enjoy rising temperatures and ignore science, they’re putting the health and wellness of our children in jeopardy.

That’s why the Clean Power Plan is so important. By setting the first-ever national standards on carbon pollution from power plants, the plan will prevent 3,600 premature deaths and 90,000 asthma attacks in children every year by 2030.

As a New Hampshire parent and grandparent and a member of Moms Clean Air Force, I am very concerned about the connection between climate change and children’s health.

We need our leaders to do what’s right for New Hampshire and implement the Clean Power Plan – our children’s future depends on it.

CYNTHIA L. GARLAND

Hopkinton




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