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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

Latinos to EPA: Power Plants Must Create Higher Standards to Curb Pollution, Impacts of Climate Change

Dec. 1, 2014

Latinos to EPA: Power Plants Must Create Higher Standards to Curb Pollution, Impacts of Climate Change

Washington, DC - Today, the public comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed power plants standards will come to a close.

In response Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of Presente.org, released the following statement:

"Curbing carbon emissions and other toxic air pollutants is critical for the overall health and well being of our communities. Nearly six million Americans — largely low-income people of color — live within three miles of a coal power plant, putting these individuals at a greater risk of suffering from heart attacks, lung cancer, asthma and other diseases linked to fossil fuel emissions.”

“We urge the EPA to adopt strong emission standards that reduce power plant pollution, but we also urge the EPA to ensure that gas-powered plants will not continue to pollute the atmosphere at such catastrophic rates.”

“Merely switching from coal to gas is not enough, as such a transition will only increase fracking and pipeline projects, causing greater health issues to the same low income communities mentioned above. Not to mention that natural gas also exacerbates the effects of climate change, from super storms like Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina on the East Coast to the record droughts and wildfires of the Southwest.

“Presente.org and our members support a full transition to clean and renewable energy sources such solar, wind and others. We must continue to create and innovate, not swap one fossil fuel for another."

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Presente.org is the nation’s largest online Latino organizing group with more than 300,000 members, all working to amplify the political voice of Latino communities.