Jun 19, 2019
Washington, D.C. --- In response to the release of the Trump Administration’s ACE rule, a dirty and dangerous alternative to the Clean Power Plan, GreenLatinos President & CEO, Mark Magaña issues the following statement:
“The Trump Administration’s deceptively named "Affordable Clean Energy" rule makes it very clear that President Trump and EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler care more about the profits of polluters than the lives of Americans suffering from toxic pollution and the effects of climate change. Even the Trump Administration’s own regulatory analysis of the ACE rule last year found that, once implemented, it would kill an extra 300 to 1,500 people each year by 2030, from additional air pollution created by the increase in dirty power development.
There is a good chance that those lives lost will come from Latinx or African American communities. The risks are too high when our communities are more exposed to air pollutants than white communities. We already know that Latinx children are 40% more likely to die from asthma than non-Latinx white children.
The Trump Administration continues to put the health of the Latino community and all Americans at risk by gutting the Clean Power Plan, the first and only federal limit on carbon pollution from power plants. This reckless weakening of carbon emission levels will directly impact Latinos of whom about 40% of live within 30 miles of a power plant.
GreenLatinos rejects the sabotage by the Trump Administration and Administrator Wheeler as they disregard the overwhelming support for increasing efforts to protect our air quality while fighting climate change, and instead choose to threaten the health of Latinx communities and all communities across the country.”
GreenLatinos is a national network of Latino environmental and conservation advocates committed to addressing national, regional and local environmental, natural resources and conservation issues that significantly affect the health and welfare of the Latino community in the United States. GreenLatinos provides an inclusive table at which its members establish collaborative partnerships and networks to improve the environment; protect and promote conservation of land and other natural resources; amplify the voices of minority, low-income and tribal communities; and train, mentor, and promote the current and future generations of Latino environmentalists.