January 28, 2014
Attn: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0495
Dear Administrator McCarthy and EPA staff,
As members and leaders of the undersigned Latino organizations committed to efforts that support our community’s health, economic advancement, safety and well-being, and the concerned communities whom we represent, we are writing to again express our strong support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon pollution standard to limit industrial carbon pollution from new power plants. We also urge the EPA to move forward with carbon pollution standards for existing plants.
Carbon pollution fuels climate change that raises temperatures and drives extreme weather. Floods, droughts and hurricanes cost communities’ serious harm and the federal government billions of dollars in disaster recovery every year. For Latino families, limiting industrial carbon pollution is a critical step towards protecting our childrens’ health and communities from the impacts of climate change.
Latino families are counting on the Obama administration to take this critical step. As revealed in recent polling, an overwhelming 9 out of 10 Latinos want the government to take action against the dangers of global warming and climate change. Attached, please find the report summarizing other key poll findings.
Our groups, and the millions of Latinos who we represent, have already called for limits to the pollutants that cause climate change and pollute our air recognizing the heightened impacts to millions of Latinos from these environmental harms. We once again join here to demonstrate the strong support that exists among Latinos for the proposed limits to carbon pollution from new power plants and limits for existing power plants.
It’s time for EPA to set pollution limits that are truly protective of public health for our communities and the well-being of future generations.
Common Ground for Conservation
Dialogue on Diversity
EcoRico Entertainment, LLC
Energy Squad Inc.
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
Latino Coalition for a Healthy California
Latinos Go Green
League of United Latin American Citizens
Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
Mujeres de la Tierra
Moms Clean Air Force
National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities
National Hispanic Council on Aging
National Hispanic Environmental Council
National Hispanic Medical Association
National Latino Coalition on Climate Change
National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association
National Puerto Rican Coalition, Inc.
Project Economic Refugee
United States Hispanic Leadership Institute