To the Editor:
I welcome the EPA’s proposed rule to reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. This seems the least that we can do considering the devastating toll global climate disruption has already exacted from people in the poorest and most vulnerable communities.
Best evidence indicates that power plants are the largest stationary source of carbon emissions in the U.S., and a major contributor to climate change. Some of the immediate impact of climate disruption includes limited access to water, reduced crop yields, greater exposure to climate-sensitive diseases, increased frequency and intensity of droughts and storms, more frequent and intense heat waves and greatly diminished air quality.
These impacts challenge the lives and health of us all, but are especially daunting to the most vulnerable among us, including those in the womb and the elderly.
In the words of Pope Francis, “Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude.” — Jeff Odendahl, Little Falls