Clean air for all
May 31, 2012
CBS 6 WTVR reports, "'In 2010 and 2011 Richmond was voted the asthma capital of the United States,' said the Virginia League of Conservation Voters' Henry Symons. In fact, Richmond's asthma rate sits at 33 percent. Symons warns those numbers are far too high."
Progressive Point: New lifesaving protections from President Obama and the EPA are essential in keeping our kids, families and communities safe. Carbon pollution has been linked to increases in smog which triggers asthma attacks and other serious health problems. Reducing risk and exposure to carbon pollution from new power plants is central to improving the health of Richmonders and Virginians from across the Commonwealth.
Virginia needs a reliable electricity system, but one that stabilizes our climate, economy, and our health. Big coal is using millions of dollars in advertising and lobbying to oppose health protections. The EPA's proposed carbon pollution standard is a commonsense step toward addressing a major health problem that is already hurting many Virginians.
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