Climate Change and the Clean Power Plan for the Latino Community
A Plan to Limit Carbon Pollution from Dirty Coal Fired Power Plants
CLIMATE CHANGE UNDERMINES THE HEALTH OF THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY
- Carbon pollution causes climate change and power plants are responsible for 40 Percent of carbon pollution in the U.S.
- Increases in ozone [smog] due to climate change will lead to adverse health outcomes across the country, including an increase in mortality rates and hospital admissions for asthma.
- Hispanics are 30 percent more likely to visit the hospital for asthma.
- Hispanic children are 40 percent more likely to die from asthma.
CLIMATE CHANGE DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECTS LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES AND PEOPLE OF COLOR
- The Official National Climate Assessment indicates that climate change would amplify existing health threats in communities of color.
- Hispanics are more likely to live in counties with higher levels of pollution.
- Low income communities more often lack health insurance making it difficult to cope with pollution related health problems.
- Access to quality healthcare is a huge obstacle for Hispanics.
- LATINOS STRONGLY SUPPORT CLIMATE ACTION
- Nationally, 9 in 10 Latinos want the government to take action against the dangers of global warming and climate change.
- Nationally, 86 percent of Latinos support setting limits on carbon pollution power plants discharge into the air to fight climate change.
- Nationally, 78 percent of Latinos would feel more favorable toward their Member of Congress if he or she issued a statement giving strong support to limit the pollution that causes climate change.
ACTION MUST BE TAKEN NOW TO REDUCE THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE
The National Climate Assessment stated that “Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present.”
Latino Decisions - a nationally recognized polling firm has released new polling data on Latino voters' concern for environmental issues in key states. Below is a series of helpful resources regarding that survey: