clean-airKENTUCKY (8/14/14) — Few things are more frightening for a parent than racing to the hospital with a child who can’t breathe.

Few things are more difficult for a physician than telling a family that a loved one will not recover from an asthma attack. We work with people who know those experiences far too well and because of those experiences, support reducing carbon pollution.

The American Lung Association and the American Thoracic Society members and volunteers understand the impact of polluted air. We know that, as a nation, we have to do more to protect the ability of people to breathe, and that requires us to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.

It isn’t enough for physicians to educate patients about the health risks of air pollution, and for parents to keep their children with asthma indoors on bad air days. We must reduce pollution before it takes a further toll on our children and families.

As a nation, we have cut air pollution by over 70 percent since 1970, but today more than 147 million Americans (nearly half of the U.S. population) still live where the air is unhealthy to breathe. Warmer temperatures from climate change will make it even harder to reduce air pollution in many places, and increase the likelihood of drought, wildfires and other threats to our health.

Fortunately, we can fight those threats.

Recently, hundreds of people attended public hearings hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Denver, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC to speak out in support of the proposed Clean Power Plan to place first ever limits on power plant carbon pollution. They spoke up because they recognize that reducing carbon pollution benefits the health of communities across the nation.

The EPA’s Clean Power Plan provides states with tools to reduce the carbon pollution from power plants by 30 percent, moving us forward in the fight against climate change. But the plan would do more than that.

When fully implemented, the carbon reduction plan will also reduce lethal air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and mercury by 25 percent, preventing up to 6,600 premature deaths and 150,000 asthma attacks in children each year. The plan would also help prevent heart attacks, hospital admissions and missed days of work or school due to illness.

Public health experts call this prevention. For the rest of us, it’s just simple common sense.

That is why both our organizations support efforts of the EPA to establish national limits on carbon pollution. If we, as a nation, act responsibly now to reduce carbon pollution we can simultaneously improve our air quality now and prevent many of the adverse health and environmental impacts for future generations.

-Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO, American Lung Association

-Thomas Ferkol, MD, President, American Thoracic Society

SurfKY News
Information provided by Gregg Tubbs

Disclaimer: The content supplied by columnists and letters to the Editor on this site does not in any way, shape or form, implied or otherwise, necessarily express or suggest endorsement or support of any of such content, statement, or opinions therein. SurfKY News does not necessarily adhere to or endorse content provided by outside non-staff sources.
e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Tiniest Division of Hopkins County Fair Pageants Has Largest Number of Participants

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (8/2/15) — The 5th Annual Hopkins County Baby and Toddler Pageant took place on Saturday evening in… Read More

Madisonville Police Reports Released

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (8/3/15) ― The Madisonville Police Department released the following reports Monday, Aug. 3. Donnie… Read More
1 DOW 17,598.20
-91.66 (-0.52%)    
2 S&P 2,098.04
-5.80 (-0.28%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,115.38
-12.90 (-0.25%)    

Most Read This Week

July 30, 2015 3916

Webster Man Leads Police on Chase through Parts…

by SurfKY News
July 31, 2015 3824

Miss Hopkins County Fair 2015 Chosen

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
August 01, 2015 2636

24th Annual Miss Teen Hopkins County Fair Pageant…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 29, 2015 2542

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - July 29, 2015

by SurfKY News
August 01, 2015 2439

Little Miss, Mister Hopkins County Fair Chosen

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

July 17, 2015 16763

Muhlenberg Most Wanted - Top 10

by SurfKY News
July 23, 2015 15755

UPDATE: Family Confirms Body of Missing Teen…

by Shawn Freels, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

August 03, 2015 1574

Tiniest Division of Hopkins County Fair Pageants…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
August 03, 2015 1394

Two Injured in Motorcycle Accident

by SurfKY News
August 03, 2015 1156

Man Accused of Using Craig's List to Encourage…

by SurfKY News
August 03, 2015 973

Back To School Bash Brings Crowd to Mall

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
August 03, 2015 965

Two Vehicle Collision Injures One, Driver…

by SurfKY News
August 03, 2015 811

Vehicle Accident Results in One Fatality

by SurfKY News
August 03, 2015 796

Madisonville Police Reports Released

by SurfKY News
August 03, 2015 530

Summary: 2015 Fancy Farm

by KET
August 03, 2015 505

Hopkins County Pays Tribute to School Personnel…

by Ron Sanders
August 03, 2015 501

Hopkins County School Employees Honored

by SurfKY News