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5 Scientists (and Dr. Oz): Make Clean Air Sense

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5 Scientists (and Dr. Oz): Make Clean Air Sense

By Ronnie Citron-Fink, Moms Clean Air Force

Scientists are not political big shots or the rock stars of the environmental movement. They are concerned citizens like you and I who set out to systematically discover and document answers to pressing scientific queries. Doctors, nurses, researchers and professors devote their lives to making the world a better place for our families.

Earlier this year, more than 2,500 U.S. scientists sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to reject legislation that would gut the EPA of its protective safeguards and ignore the human toll that inaction would take on their citizens. Here is an excerpt from the Scientists’ Statement:

“We urge you [Congress] to oppose attacks on the Clean Air Act by respecting the scientific integrity of the EPA’s endangerment finding, and the agency’s authority to act based on this finding.”

We trust these smart folks with the health of our children. Scientists know that stripping the EPA of its ability to protect our children against environmental pollutants means more asthma attacks, more respiratory illnesses and disease, and more premature deaths. They are well aware that in the past 40 years, the Clean Air Act has prevented 400,000 premature deaths and hundreds of millions of cases of respiratory diseases, which is why…

5 Scientists Make Clean Air Sense

 

1. The Lung Doctor - Dr. Albert A. Rizzo of the American Lung Association and a pulmonary and critical care physician, responded to the release of American Electric Power’s evaluation of the impact of Clean Air Act pollution protections:

“Continuing to belch hazardous pollutants into the air we breathe is not an acceptable business practice and neither is threatening rate hikes and electricity shortages when big polluters are asked to clean up their toxic emissions. The EPA’s proposed mercury and air toxics reduction rule will prevent 17,000 premature deaths and 120,000 asthma attacks each year. Yet, American Electric Power (AEP) is irresponsibly attempting to scare Americans away from demanding that their children no longer be exposed to dangerous levels of pollutants like mercury and arsenic, and other toxic pollutants. Clean Air Act protections do not mandate the closing of power plants but rather set standards that many energy companies have met using existing technologies to successfully rein in dangerous pollutants. The imperative to clean up is strong: these toxins are directly linked to grave health problems, from developmental complications in babies and young children, to asthma attacks and long-term lung complications. After more than two decades of delay, big polluters and their friends in Congress want further delays rather than investing in pollution cleanup.”

2. The Pediatrician - Dr. Jerome A. Paulson, for the American Academy of Pediatrics, testified last week at the Senate’s Clean Air Act and Public Health hearing. The whole testimony is powerful, but here’s his statement on the effects of mercury on children:

“As a pediatrician who has cared for children suffering from the health impacts of air pollution, I am incredibly concerned about threats to clean air and the effect of air pollution on children’s health…The developing fetus and young children are disproportionately affected by methyl mercury exposure, because many aspects of development, particularly brain maturation, can be disturbed by the presence of methyl mercury. Minimizing mercury exposure is essential to optimal child health.”


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12:11PM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Congratulations - thank YOU all so much!

1:31PM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

Everyone deserves the right to breathe clean healthy air. lets make it happen

7:50PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

Clean air is important.

8:13AM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

Kudos to the scientists! Somebody has to speak up and try and stop the murder of the citizens of the world by these mindless, heartless corporations. We should be backing these people and thanking them!

4:46AM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

really thank to writer

4:43PM PDT on Sep 24, 2011

Indoor air pollution is just as bad; maybe worse due to the fact that we spend so much time indoors. This should definitely be considered if you are having respiratory problems.

3:55PM PDT on Sep 24, 2011

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12:49AM PDT on Sep 24, 2011

Our Seniors' homes seem to be mostly built close to where there is heavy traffic. (That's bad planning!) I need to move because the fine particulate from the road has affected my breathing and asthma. I honestly don't think Municipalities give much attention to this - although it makes no sense to me.

9:06AM PDT on Sep 23, 2011

Thank you.

10:09AM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

Whatever happened to "... that government of the people, by the people, for the people ... " that Abraham Lincoln spoke of?

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