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Investing in renewable energy is a key element of efforts to avert climate change


Climate change has real and dangerous consequences for our health. Especially for children, the elderly, and the poor, who are the most vulnerable to a range of climate-related health effects, including those related to heat stress, air pollution, extreme weather events, and others.

  • Cutting emissions will lead to billions of dollars in public health and climate benefits, now and for future generations.
  • The Clean Power Plan will lead to public health and climate benefits worth an estimated $34 billion to $54 billion per year in 2030, far outweighing the costs.
  • Reducing emissions and reducing exposure to particle pollution and ozone in 2030 will avoid a projected:
    • Up to 3,600 premature deaths
    • 90,000 asthma attacks in children
    • Up to 1,700 heart attacks
    • 1,700 hospital admissions
    • 300,000 missed school and work days
  • Every dollar invested through the Clean Power Plan will generate up to $4 in health benefits for American families from soot and smog reductions alone.

The EPA is offering a Clean Energy Incentive Program to states.

  • The Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) will reward states that make early investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency measures to comply with the rule in 2020 and 2021.
  • This is a big deal: the CEIP will encourage the widespread development and use of wind, solar, and other zero-carbon sources of power, which are essential to long-term clean energy and climate strategies.
  • Think of the CEIP as a matching-fund program that states can voluntarily use to incentivize early investment in renewables as well as energy efficiency projects in low-income communities.

Learn more about the Clean Power Plan here.

Be an #EnergyVoter this election and vote for elected officials that will support continuing Iowa’s growth in the clean energy sector.  Learn more about the candidates here.

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