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In his article about the new rules regulating emissions from coal-fired power plants (“Federal Rules Target Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” June 3), Don Hopey touches on several aspects of the issue. One that is familiar to us in the Pittsburgh area is the American Lung Association’s claim that the rules will prevent thousands of premature deaths and 100,000 asthma attacks in their first year. Even those who continue to deny the existence of global warming cannot ignore the positive impact of the health of Pennsylvanians that will result from lowering carbon emissions.

I would ask those who continue to oppose further regulations on carbon emissions a simple question: How many premature deaths, asthma attacks and other health problems will they accept?

FRAN BERTONASCHI
Hazelwood


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