Obama’s Plan to Cut Air Pollution: homes and health come first

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Our homes and health come first, said Obama. By addressing the pollution and the global warming fallout of carbon emissions, Obama is doing his part to protect both.

Obama: US Health, Homes Comes First, Carbon Emissions Second reportedSuzanne Goldenberg at the UK Guardian a few days before she reported that EPA Rules Will Cut Emissions 30% by 2030. Enviros cheered Obama’s proposed plan while fossil fuelies booed it.

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“This is something that is important for all of us. As parents, as grandparents, as citizens, as folks who care about the health of our families,” he told a conference call hosted by the American Lung Association.

That a US president created policy for regulating carbon pollution from power plants is a historic first, and Obama deserves credit, even as he battles opposing Republicans, and his party faces mid-term elections this fall.

Fossil fuel lobbyists and Republican legislators say the rules will have little effect and hurt the economy, but a new poll shows that a solid majority of Americans support Obama’s proposal.

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The proposed EPA rules will also help boost the transition to clean renewable energy, a major avenue for addressing pollution and global warming. Credit solarpanelspower.net

The announcement has already had significant effects: climate change has finally made its debut as a campaign trail topic, and the day after, China announced that a Chinese carbon cap is on the way.

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Smog over the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. With air pollution levels far worse than those in the US, China has even more impetus to address carbon emissions with a cap on them. Credit Brian Jeffrey Beggerly via Wikimedia Commons.

But the 30% reduction – based on peaking US carbon pollution levels in 2005 – isn’t enough to avoid catastrophic climate heating; some environmental groups hoped Obama would propose a more ambitious plan.

It’s a start, however – the good news is that the US is already a third of the way there, with some states already at that level.

@@ Stephen Colbert’s Interview with Dan Esty on Obama’s New Plan – and for a more colorful Colbert take on climate change, go here.

OO Nobel Laureate Economist Paul Krugman: 
Climate Action Is Remarkably Cheap – New EPA Rules Would Boost US Economy

OO UN Climate Change Chief Praises New US Pollution Regulations

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OO Obama’s New Carbon Cutting Plans ‘Critical’ To UN Climate Talks

OO Prompt Global Action Can Cut The Cost Of Going Carbon Neutral

YOU CAN ACT

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Tell Congress to take a stand for our kids here!

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here. This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is this year!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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