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Climate Change Deniers vs. The Clean Power Plan

As President Obama asserted during a climate change at Georgetown University on June 25, 2014, ”No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change”. The Clean Power Plan demonstrates that we are running out of time but not out of solutions. The aim of the Clean Power Plan is to have a planet that is not polluted or damaged. For the sake of our children and all future generation, we must rise up to the call and challenge the Climate Change Deniers. Clean Power Plan is the solution to a cleaner environment. The effects of climate change are being felt all over. In the past decade, the percentage of people with asthma has more than doubled, and climate change is putting much more at high risk of health complications.

It is Time to Act.

Why go for the Clean Power Plan? The environment is dangerously polluted: rising sea levels, raging storms, searing heat, ferocious fires, severe drought, punishing floods – all this and more, are indicators of what we have done to the atmosphere; it is polluted. Clean Power Plan will salvage the situation. How is the situation like?

  • Extreme heat causes more frequent heat waves which results in dehydrations, heatstroke, aggravated the respiratory and cardiovascular illness.

  • Increased frequency of wildfires causes more wildlife smoke thus reducing air quality which in turn leads to increased respiratory illness and hospitalization.

  • The poor air quality increases allergies, increased ground-level ozone and particulate matter air pollution leading to increased allergy related illness such as respiratory and asthma complications.

  • Vector-borne diseases due to the expanded geographic range for pathogen carrying insects leading to increased risk of Lyme disease, dengue fever, and West Nile Virus.

  • More intense storm and flooding cause infrastructure damage; property loss; and water contamination which in turn leads to injury and death, displacement-related mental health problems; and waterborne illness

What is the Plan?

The plan is to establish the first-ever national standards to limit carbon pollutions from power plants. The final Clean Power Plan (CPP) sets flexible and achievable standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32% from 2005-2030.

Objectives of CPP

  • The primary objective – to provide significant public health. The Clean Power Plan in conjunction with other policies put in place to drive a cleaner energy sector, to reduce premature deaths from power plant emission by nearly 90% in 2030.

  • Create more jobs while ensuring grid reliability.

  • Drive more aggressive investment in clean energy technologies than the proposed rule, resulting in 30% more renewable energy generation by 2030 and continue to lower the cost of renewable energy

  • Give a head start to the wind and solar deployment and prioritize the deployment of energy efficiency improvements in low-income communities that need it most thus lowering the cost of electricity to consumers by 8% in 2030

The Benefits Out way The Costs

Clean Power Plan benefits include savings on billions which are being lost due to property damage, crop losses, water shortages, increased diseases and human suffering. They are very calamitous costs which are brought about by climate changes:-

  • Ocean acidification which is caused by ocean absorbing the growing amounts of carbon dioxide could be eliminated thus saving the fishing and tourist industry.

  • Power outages caused by severe weather changes will be eliminated by Clean Power Plan. This outage costs the United States economy billions of dollars a year in lost output and wages, spoiled inventory, delayed production, inconveniences and damage to grid infrastructure (2013 White House Council of Economics”

As Rhea Suh, The President of the NRDC puts it, “We must act now, the longer we wait, the more painful – and expensive – the consequences will be”.

What Do Climate Change Deniers Have To Say?

Senator James Inhofe who is Chairman of the Environment And Public Works Committee is the “best” climate change denier. When President Obama organized a “Climate Change Fantasy Tournament” to know who was the worst climate change denier, he got crowned. On top of that, he even has a book written justifying his claims, The Greatest Hoax: How The Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future.

Lamar Smith, Chair of the Science Space and Technology has written op-eds entitled “Overheated rhetoric on climate change hurts the economy” and “The climate change religion” in which he rubbishes the Clean Power Plan. His main point is that climate change is an issue that needs to be discussed thoughtfully and objectively, thus distorting the facts that hinder the legitimate evaluation of policy options.

Conclusion
The reality of the matter is, there is a need to curb the carbon dioxide being emitted inthe atmosphere because it is not environmental friendly. China and India are burning coal more than ever. Research has it that, Chinese coal use will continue to grow at an average of 2.6% for the next several years. For the U.S.A to be successful in its campaign for Clean Power, it has to trigger more technological progress on cleaner ways for the rest of the world to burn that coal.

References

http://www2.epa.gov/cleanpowerplan

http://www.thegwpf.org

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