Carbon pollution is a threat to Pa.’s economy

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On Jan. 29, Tracie Mauriello referenced economic concerns related to the potential loss of coal industry jobs (“President Obama Calls for Action, Optimism in State of the Union Address”).

While I’m sure big polluters aren’t happy to hear it, if we don’t limit carbon emissions, even more Pennsylvanians stand to lose. Carbon pollution is the primary cause of climate change, which puts many more state industries, including fishing, hunting and tourism, at risk. I was pleased to hear the president reaffirm his commitment to addressing the dangerous pollution that threatens our economy.

Pennsylvania is currently the third-worst polluting state in terms of climate change.

Additionally, in Allegheny County, we face significant air pollution health risks, according to the Pittsburgh Regional Environmental Threats Analysis, which are expected to worsen with climate change. Now is the time to act. The Environmental Protection Agency is set to propose carbon pollution standards for power plants this June, and it’s essential that we prioritize public health over industry profits and support these life-saving measures. I’m proud to know we have a president who is committed to that mission.

Western Pa. Outreach Coordinator

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