Environmental Stewardship

 

The current Administration’s systematic removal of scientists from all relevant agencies threatens our democracy and our global survival. According to America’s Health Rankings from 2015, Indiana ranks 4th worst for air pollution in America1. Air pollution, particularly the fine particles emitted from coal plants, can lead to asthma, cancer, premature births, and infant death. Hoosiers that suffer the most from this pollution tend to be concentrated in rural areas and lower-income communities. The Trump Administration has been rescinding regulations that protect clean air and clean water while shifting the burden of pollution away from the polluting companies to the taxpayer. Additionally, President Trump has withdrawn from the Paris Climate Accord, an international agreement to combat the disastrous effects of climate change including increased droughts, loss of human development in coastal areas, and increased frequency and severity of storms. Historically, legislation has favored fossil fuel companies at the expense of our public health and the future of this planet. We must move towards creating jobs through a clean energy economy, protecting necessary environmental regulations, and engaging in bipartisan talks about climate solutions. We need to re-imagine electric utilities, energy use, and environmental stewardship for the 21st century.

1 America’s Health Rankings 2015, United Health Foundation, 2015 Annual Report, https://www.americashealthrankings.org/explore/2015-annual-report/measure/air/state/IN
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