Clean power now

To the Journal editor:

Carbon pollution, produced by coal-fired power plants, is one of the greatest threats to the health of Michigan citizens.

If we reduce carbon emissions, research shows that we will also reduce other pollutants and produce a positive impact on the health of the public. Most importantly, the EPA’s Clean Power Plan will protect the health of our most vulnerable citizens … infants, individuals with lung disease and people with heart disease.

There are public hearings on this plan taking place this week. I am stating my strong support for the standards.

I want my support heard by the citizens of Michigan and hope they will join me in stopping companies responsible for the pollution and their allies in Congress from weakening or blocking the adoption of the standards.

All health professionals should join that chorus of support, and help prevent more than 4,000 premature deaths and 100,000 childhood asthma attacks the first year the standards are in place.

We cannot afford to continue to pollute the environment without further threats to the health of all citizens.

Mary A. Scoblic