July 15, 2015
Re: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan
On behalf of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC), I am writing today to express my strong support of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan. The initiative will cut carbon pollution from the power sector. All across the United States, Power plants emit the largest source of carbon pollution, creating dangerous levels in the ozone, destroying our eco-system and producing adverse effects on public health. The USBC supports any endeavor that will create businesses and jobs, stimulate the economy, increase employment while simultaneously creating a safe and healthy living environment in the US, preeminently, those underserved communities that are hit the hardest.
It is my understanding that the utilization and execution of this Action Plan will a) reduce carbon pollution b) prepare the USA for effects of climate change c) and pioneer global efforts to defeat and prepare for climate change impacts. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and EPA have issued countless reports detailing the devastating effects climate change has on the African American community. Studies have shown that African Americans are suffering an increase in asthma and respiratory issues with many black families living near power plants and/or areas with unhealthy ozone levels. The EPA has devised a plan to have clean energy and build a low-carbon economy—and the Clean Power Plan is the solution. The implementation of the Clean Power Plan will reduce health related respiratory risks, create jobs in the clean energy industry and will also set a criterion to be replicated globally. The United States needs to spearhead this initiative of creating new ways to battle and prepare for climate change that has already impacted areas throughout the world.
The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. is committed to supporting the Clean Power Plan. USBC believes this action plan is the first step in combating climate change. Therefore, I urge you to give consideration and support to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.
In the Spirit of Success,