Oakland, CA – Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins today issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to cut dangerous carbon pollution from new power plants.
“It’s been 40 years since the passage of the Clean Air Act, yet many power plants have continued to emit unlimited amounts of pollution into the air. Today, we are proud to stand by the Obama Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency’s lifesaving decision to stand up for the countless numbers of people who suffer severe health issues due to dangerous carbon pollution. Each year coal-powered power plants throughout our country pump more than two billion tons of carbon dioxide into our air. This new rule will help protect our health, encourage innovation and create jobs. The magnitude of the health benefits from this decision will one day be measured in the prevention of hundreds of thousands of cases of childhood asthma symptoms, and staggering health costs. We applaud this decision which could be one of the biggest public health and environmental accomplishments of President Obama’s administration.”