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Op-Ed | League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County :Reducing the amount of carbon pollution from power plants is a life-saving measure


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By: Karen Schwartz President League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County lwvwnc.org

The threat of climate change is widely recognized by most climate scientists and is arguably the most important environmental challenge of our time.

Climate change comes at a high cost to everyone. Carbon pollution (primarily carbon dioxide) has deadly effects on human health, especially the health of children and seniors, as well as on our environment. It contributes to more frequent storms and deadly weather, which results in billions of dollars of recovery costs for local communities, as well as state and federal aid to victims. The journal Science recently reported evidence that climate changes in temperature and precipitation may contribute significantly to escalating human conflict.

Power plants are the largest emitters of carbon pollution in our country and one of the leading causes of climate change throughout the world. Reducing the amount of carbon pollution from power plants is a life-saving measure.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a carbon pollution standard for new power plants. The League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County supports the plan to reduce carbon pollution from new power plants as an important step toward protecting our nation and the world from the potentially devastating effects of climate change.

 

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