Press Release

President Obama is Right to Highlight Health Threats Posed by Dangerous Climate Change

Jake Thompson, jthompson@nrdc.org, 202-289-2387, or Elizabeth Heyd, eheyd@nrdc.org, 202-289-2424

WASHINGTON (April 7, 2015) – President Obama today unveiled an unprecedented and sweeping array of actions to lessen climate change’s adverse impacts on human health.

The following is a statement by Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“Dangerous climate change is the existential environmental challenge of our time and it poses a serious threat to public health all around the world – especially among children, the elderly, the sick and the poor. President Obama is right to spotlight this threat -- and to focus on how we can, and must, take swift, decisive action to reduce the now-unrestricted carbon pollution that fuels climate change. The president’s Clean Power Plan – the centerpiece of his Climate Action Agenda -- will reap untold health benefits and protect all future generations.’’

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