Minnesota still has a plan for clean air, power

The American Lung Association in Minnesota was disappointed to hear of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling to put the Clean Power Plan on hold as the courts review the legal challenges. We applaud Gov. Mark Dayton’s plans to keep moving forward on clean energy initiatives, including the development of our state’s Clean Power Plan.

Carbon pollution drives climate change that threatens lung health and safety today. The Clean Power Plan promises significant health benefits, including the prevention nationwide of up to 3,600 premature deaths and 90,000 asthma attacks in 2030, when the plan is scheduled to be fully implemented, as well as 300,000 missed days of work and school.

Minnesota needs clean air and a healthier environment, and we need clean, reliable and affordable electricity, too. Under the Clean Power Plan, we get both. While we wait for the courts to resolve the challenges, Minnesota is wise to move forward toward cleaner, healthier power.

Robert Moffitt is the communications director for the American Lung Association in Minnesota.

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