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Health professionals: Embrace Clean Power Plan to save lives

LANSING—Health professionals today urged Michigan officials to continue moving forward with the Clean Power Plan to reduce pollution, protect public health and save lives, following a stay issued by the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The Clean Power Plan is the most significant public health initiative in decades and Michigan must move forward with its state plan to reduce pollution and protect the health of Michigan families,” said said Kindra Weid, BSN, RN, MPH. “Michigan is one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to diseases linked to air pollution and we must reduce our over-reliance on burning coal to reduce asthma rates, heart and lung disease and cancer.”

Michigan ranks near the bottom of states in terms of health when it comes to asthma rates, deaths from cardiovascular disease, lung cancer and more.

“Carbon pollution that’s driving climate change threatens public health and the American Lung Association will continue to fight attacks on the Clean Power Plan,” said Ken Fletcher, Advocacy Specialist for the American Lung Association in Michigan. “We urge Governor Snyder to seize this opportunity to reduce carbon pollution that will protect Michigan children.”

The U.S. EPA estimates the Clean Power Plan will prevent up to 3,600 premature deaths and 90,000 asthma attacks in 2030.

Research released last year by MI Air MI Health shows broad, bipartisan support for the Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution. The research was completed by Public Policy Polling, which was named the most accurate polling firm in the nation during the 2014 election.

Key findings of the research include:

68 percent of voters support the Clean Power Plan, compared to only 29% who oppose it.
This includes support from 92 percent of Democrats, 67 percent of independents, and 39 percent of Republicans.
67 percent surveyed consider climate change a problem, including 48 percent who say it is a very serious problem.
69 percent of voters would be either more favorable toward or neutral to an elected official that supported and implemented the Clean Power Plan, compared to only 27 percent who would be more negative.

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