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