Letter: Grateful for the EPA

Published: 4/29/2016 12:01:11 AM
Grateful for the EPA

While every Earth Day is important, this past Earth Day was particularly momentous.

On April 22, world leaders gathered in New York to sign the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Secretary John Kerry made an important statement by signing the agreement with his young granddaughter on his lap. He sent a clear message that we have an obligation to our children and grandchildren to protect them from climate disruption and its worst impacts.

The signing of the Paris Agreement was a turning point in the fight against climate change. However, now we must turn the promise into concrete steps and be part of the global solution.

Fortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency is working with states and stakeholders to fight climate change with the Clean Power Plan, the first ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants.

Unfortunately, some in Washington are more worried about the health of polluters’ profits than the health of my child. Children are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of greenhouse gas pollution and climate disruption. Climate deniers in Congress are actively working to block any lifesaving efforts by the EPA to protect the health and safety of our communities. This has to end.

The Clean Power Plan is the best opportunity we have as a country to confront the climate crisis. As a parent, I am grateful to the EPA for taking steps to alleviate the negative impacts of climate disruption and ensure a healthy environment for future generations.

BECKY WHITLEY

Hopkinton




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