WHY DOES CUTTING EMISSIONS MATTER?
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.
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