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Reps. Grijalva and Lujan Join LCV to Highlight Impacts of Climate Change on Latino Community

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Contact: Mike Palamuso, (202) 454-4598 or mike_palamuso@lcv.org

20 Sep 2013  


Encourage support for the EPA's upcoming limits on carbon pollution from new power plants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Hispanic Heritage month continues, the League of Conservation Voters joined Representative Raúl Grijalva (AZ-3), a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources and Representative Ben Ray Luján (NM-3), a member of the Safe Climate Caucus, to push for action on climate change. They discussed the impact of climate change on the Latino community, and highlighted the importance of the EPA’s upcoming limits on carbon pollution from new power plants.

“The Latino community understands the urgent need to address climate change," stated Representative Grijalva. "Our young people overwhelmingly say this is something we need to deal with to reduce our risks for the future. Climate change is going to have the most severe impacts on poor people and people of color, not just in the United States but all over the world. If we’re going to make sure those impacts aren’t catastrophic – as we’ve already seen with Hurricane Sandy, the wildfires destroying the West, and the other extreme events we’ve dealt with – we need to see some real urgency. That’s what today’s call is about, and that’s what I’m going to keep pushing for.” 

“If we address climate change with commonsense solutions we can not only have healthier communities, but we can have a stronger economy – one that is not impacted so severely by drought, wildfires, superstorms, and floods.  By investing in a clean energy economy that is powered by renewable resources we can unlock a new wave of innovation that creates new jobs while benefiting our environment,” said Representative Luján. “This is a win-win that will help put people back to work at good paying jobs in our communities, and is a course of action that we can no longer wait to undertake.”

“The Latino community is especially hard hit by the impacts of climate change. If we want to see action, we need to continue supporting the President’s common sense climate change plan, including the EPA’s work to limit carbon pollution and protect public health,” said Jennifer Allen, Director of the League of Conservation Voters’ Latino Outreach Program, a new effort to work with the Latino community on climate change impacts and solutions.

The call for action on climate comes ahead of the EPA’s release later this week of the first ever limits on carbon pollution from new power plants, a key part of President Obama’s landmark climate plan. Power plants are the largest single source of carbon pollution in the U.S., and these common sense limits will help improve air quality and protect public health. LCV recently released polling showing these limits cutting carbon pollution are widely popular with younger voters nationwide, who also support the President’s climate action plan. 

Latinos are especially vulnerable to air pollution and the impacts of climate change. Latino children are 40% more likely to die from asthma and almost half of all Latinos in the U.S. live in one of the country’s top 25 most ozone-polluted cities. That could help explain why 86% of Latinos support the President taking action to reduce carbon pollution, an even higher number than the two thirds of all Americans who support placing limits on carbon pollution from power plants.  

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