New carbon regs
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a proposal for national protections from dangerous carbon pollution from existing power plants. Carbon pollution causes climate disruption and costs American communities billions of dollars from flooding, super-storms, wildfires and extreme heat.
These regulations will clean up the industries that create the lion's share of carbon pollution in our country. The new protections will also help reduce pollutants including smog, soot and mercury, which pose serious health threats across Pennsylvania.
We applaud President Obama and the EPA for their move to clean up our air, improve the health of our children and curb the worst effects of climate disruption.
The new safeguards not only protect our health and communities, but will spur innovation and strengthen our economy.
By moving to 100 percent clean energy sources, we'll create tens of thousands of American jobs and billions of dollars in new investment. Cutting pollution that harms our communities will save us billions of dollars in health costs, infrastructure repair and disaster recovery costs.
We hope to work with Gov. Tom Corbett to create a strong state implementation plan to protect Pennsylvania's families from harmful air pollution.
The writer is chapter director of the Pennsylvania Sierra Club.
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