(First posted at MomsRising)
I am breathing a little deeper tonight. Truly. Because we finally have someone who is standing up for public health in our country– in the face of big polluter dollars, power, and lobbyists.
“So the question now is whether we will have the courage to act before it’s too late. And how we answer will have a profound impact on the world that we leave behind not just to you, but to your children and to your grandchildren.
As a President, as a father, and as an American, I’m here to say we need to act.”
“Today, about 40 percent of America’s carbon pollution comes from our power plants. But here’s the thing: Right now, there are no federal limits to the amount of carbon pollution that those plants can pump into our air. None. Zero. We limit the amount of toxic chemicals like mercury and sulfur and arsenic in our air or our water, but power plants can still dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air for free. That’s not right, that’s not safe, and it needs to stop.”
In fact, public health is a primary goal of President Obama’s climate change plan. Climate change causes increased rates of asthma, higher rates of flooding, which damages our water quality, and excessive heat waves, which drives up food prices. Cutting carbon pollution will help keep our air and water clean and protect our kids.
To protect our families for the effects of climate change already in motion, President Obama’s plan will help states and local communities better prepare for climate related extreme weather. We’ve learned from experience that these preparations matter and can make all the difference to the lives of families in affected communities.
Lastly, President Obama’s plan has us taking the lead on climate change in the world, instead of taking a back seat. It’s time, as he said, to put our creative and innovative minds to work, and become leaders in clean energy that can drive our economy and protect our environment. This leadership can inspire generations of creative problem solvers and move the world toward safer, cleaner energy.
“I refuse to condemn your generation, and future generations, to a planet that’s beyond fixing.”