Markey, Merkley, Markell Lead Broad Coalition Supporting Carbon Pollution Protections

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Senators, Governor join faith, Latino, public health leaders in support of Clean Power Plan
Trey Pollard, Sierra Club, (202) 495-3058, trey.pollard@sierraclub.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- This morning, as hundreds prepared to testify at a public EPA hearing in Washington, three hundred more activists gathered outside the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s DC headquarters at a press conference supporting the nation’s first-ever safeguards against unchecked carbon pollution. Governor Jack Markell (D-DE) and Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) spoke in support of the Clean Power Plan, along with Cindy Parker, MD of Physicians for Social Responsibility and Johns Hopkins University, Cristobal Alex, President of the Latino Victory Project,  Mark Magaña, President and Founder, Green Latinos and Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus.

 

“Global warming is not just an abstract notion. For Latina mothers who are forced to watch their children struggle with higher rates of complications from asthma attacks and workers who toil in extreme heat, this is a real issue that threaten their health and economic well-being,” said Cristóbal Alex, President of the Latino Victory Project.  “It is no surprise that nine in ten Latinos support policies that take action against the dangers of climate change fueled by carbon pollution.”

 

“When America sets strong environmental safeguards, that’s when our innovative spirit rises to the challenge. If the critics of climate action like this EPA proposal spent more time believing in innovation and less time attacking the science, our economy, our environment, and our planet would all be better off. I stand with the American families who want clean air, safe water, and a stable climate, not the corporate polluters who are attacking these reasonable pollution standards,” said Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), chair of the U.S. Senate Climate Change Clearinghouse and a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee.

 

The EPA's proposal to address climate change would mean cleaner air; better health; more research, manufacturing and construction jobs; and more efficient, less costly energy,” said Governor Jack Markell (D-DE). “We know that because we see all of this happening in Delaware, where, over the past five years, we’ve shifted from one of the dirtiest energy mixes in the nation to one of the cleanest. We have decreased emissions by a greater percentage than any other state, while creating jobs at the same time. And we have done so with the same approach the president proposes for the country”

 

The elected officials spoke at the rally shortly after testifying at the hearing in favor of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Over the next two days, dozens of champions for clean air and climate action are also expected to testify, including representatives of faith groups, frontline communities, and business groups.

Carbon pollution is the leading cause of climate disruption which fuels and intensifies superstorms, floods, wildfires, and extreme heat. It also worsens the effects of other forms of air pollution that sickens our children and costs billions of dollars each year in emergency room visits, lost productivity and premature death.

The Clean Power Plan, which is the centerpiece of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, will help clean up how we power our country, cutting carbon dioxide pollution and curbing climate disruption. The new protections will also help reduce other life-threatening air pollution including mercury, soot, and smog.

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