Mayor Jackson of Lithonia adds support of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Clean Power Plan March Atlanta, GAA coalition of environmental groups are calling on the citizens of Atlanta to support the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan that imposes the first-ever limits on carbon pollution for coal-fired plants.  The EPA is holding only four public hearings on the carbon regulations, and one of them will be in Atlanta on July 29.

Press Release
For Immediate Release
July 27, 2014

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Stephanie Stuckey Benfield                                                    MaKara Rumley
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Mayor Jackson of Lithonia adds support of
EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Jackson asks communities of color to support health and environment

Mayor Deborah Jackson, Lithonia, GAAtlanta, GA –  A coalition of environmental groupsare calling on the citizens of Atlanta to support the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan that imposes the first-ever limits on carbon pollution for coal-fired plants.  The EPA is holding only four public hearings on the carbon regulations, and one of them will be in Atlanta on July 29.

Deborah A. Jackson, Mayor of Lithonia and a GreenLaw Board member, will be testifying at the hearings in favor of President Obama’s climate action plan. “It is important for elected officials to support limits on carbon emissions.  The right of communities to breathe clean air has to be given a higher priority than the right of companies to pollute.”

The effects of climate change already fall heavily on minority and low-income populations.The Clean Power Plan would have significant implications for communities of color. Children living in the shadow of a coal-plants are more likely to have asthma or bronchitis. There are already studies proving that coal-fired plants are disproportionately located in minority communities. In fact, African American children are three times more likely to be admitted to the hospital for an asthma attack and twice as likely to die of asthma.

Climate change threatens the health of our families, our communities and our neighborhood environmental spaces. The United States can implement a comprehensive approach to reduce carbon pollution while building resilient communities with strong local economies, and reliable and affordable energy choices.

MaKara Rumley, Environmental Justice Attorney for GreenLaw said “By imposing limits on carbon emissions we can take the first BIG step towards creating a healthy environment for all Georgians.”

Atlantans are already seeing the economic and environmental benefits of a shift to clean energy that avoids the harmful emissions that negatively affect the health of our communities. Reducing carbon emissions from the current energy production is a key strategy to keep our economy strong. Healthy workers equal a robust economy.

Georgia’s implementation of strong energy efficiency and renewable energy targets will create jobs in the construction and technology sectors along, with employing returning veterans and skilled workers.

For more information regarding the day’s activities, including a press conference with Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, visit www.greenlaw.org and click on the Climate Action Now button.

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