The Huffington Post
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By Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins:
As world leaders met in Rio last week for the UN conference on sustainable development, they drew widespread criticism. Leaders from developing countries argued that the wealthiest countries aren't doing enough to fund environmental protection. And activists argued that agreements forged in Rio are too weak and watered down to create real change.Read more
As the days get longer, more and more Americans are cranking up their air conditioners and turning on their fans. Meanwhile, their energy costs continue to climb -- and they're feeling it. In a poll last week nearly 8 out of 10 people said saving on energy costs was deeply important to them -- more important than issues like the federal deficit.Read more
http://www.youtube.com/embed/mBb3ZSi-cIsMany families could be spared this pain if we simply told polluters that they would no longer be allowed to dump mercury into our air and water. And the EPA estimates that cleaning up coal plants will preventroughly 11,000 premature deaths each year. Just one example is seven-year-old Heavynlynn from Kansas City, who is growing up near a coal plant that is filling the air in her community with poisonous toxins. There are thousands of other stories just like hers -- that illustrate the true cost if we delay the implementation of these critical standards. But sadly, corporate polluters and their allies in Congress -- like Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) -- are trying to roll back the EPA's common sense safeguards. Why? So coal executives can make more money. That's right: The coal industry thinks it's okay to saddle school children with debilitating asthma and give babies birth defects -- as long as they can make a few more dollars in the process. How long are we going to let them poison our kids? It's not just our health that would benefit from these EPA standards. Cleaning up pollution from coal plants alone would create an estimated 46,000 new jobs. That's 46,000 of our neighbors and friends who would be able to wake up each day and be proud to go to work. Forty-six thousand people bringing home paychecks to support their families. If that's not enough, consider this: The standards will save us money. For every dollar spent to cut pollution, we would get back $5 to $13 in health benefits. Right now, I'm thinking about all those little kids -- especially in poor neighborhoods -- who want to play outside this summer, but can't, because the air is too dirty or their lungs are too weak. And I just can't make sense of a country that would trade children's lives for corporate profits. That's why Green For All has joined with NAACP to send a clear message to our leaders in Congress: They can stand on the side of polluter profits, or they can stand on the side of American kids, by protecting the EPA's mercury safeguards. You can stand on the side of kids, too. http://costofdelay.tumblr.com/ Follow Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins on Twitter: www.twitter.com/phaedrael
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