Letters to the Editor

Safeguarding the air

As parents, we want the best for our children — the safest community, the cleanest air and the brightest future. Yet, how can we provide these things when Florida’s dirty power plants spew toxic air pollution that can cause all sorts of health problems in our children including asthma, other respiratory diseases and even premature death?

Fortunately, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed a Clean Power Plan to cut carbon pollution and help to keep American communities safe and healthy, reduce illnesses caused by air pollution, and mitigate the effects of climate disruption.

These protections will limit the amount of carbon pollution that power plants can dump into our air. They will also modernize how we power the country and economy, spurring innovation and creating thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in new clean energy investment, getting us closer to that bright future we all want for our children.

R. Stephen Mahoney, conservation chair, Sierra Club, Miami