Now, the U.S. Se­nate needs to vote to pro­tect our health

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

Dur­ing th­ese hot days of July and Au­gust, we were warned that our air is un­healthy to breathe be­cause of high pol­lu­tion lev­els. This pol­lu­tion can cause res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems, more asthma at­tacks and even pre­ma­ture death, and it comes from burn­ing fos­sil fu­els like coal, oil and gas for elec­tric­ity and trans­porta­tion. Global warm­ing makes it worse. While we have the so­lu­tions to switch to clean re­new­able en­ergy sources, I’m con­cerned that the progress we’ve made in clean­ing Amer­ica’s air is go­ing to take a turn for the worse.

Re­cently, Pres­i­dent Trump re­leased his first pro­posed bud­get to Congress, which is dirty and dan­ger­ous and fails to pro­tect our health or our planet. It has pro­posed rolling back pol­lu­tion stan­dards for cars and power plants.

The U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives passed the Smoggy Skies Act (HR 806) which would de­lay life-sav­ing clean air stan­dards. I want to thank Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md., 5th) for vot­ing to pro­tect our health and op­pos­ing this wrong-headed bill.

Now it’s time for our sen­a­tors to stand up for our health and re­ject th­ese dan­ger­ous pro­pos­als.

Re­becca Cleve­land-Stout, Bal­ti­more The writer is the cam­paign or­ga­nizer for En­vi­ron­ment Mary­land.

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