Contact: Mark Magaña, National Latino Climate Change Coalition / National Latino Climate Change Coalition (202) 230-2070
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NLCCC Applauds the President’s Critical Step Forward on Combatting Climate Change Washington, DC (September 20, 2013) – The National Latino Climate Change Coalition (NLCCC) strongly supports the historic release of new carbon standards for new power plants released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this morning. This proposal is the important first-step to implementing the President’s climate action plan unveiled last June. Latinos remain the most supportive group for action to combat climate change and their harmful effects with 86% of Latinos supporting the President taking action to limit the carbon pollution that causes climate change. This is no surprise; nearly half of all Latinos live in counties that frequently violate EPA air standards according to the Centers for Disease Control. The members of NLCCC support for the new carbon rules recognizing that EPA is doing its job under the Clean Air Act to hold power plants accountable for the amount of pollution they spew into the air. The proposed standards will go a long way in protecting our families and ushering in the clean energy economy. "Latino families disproportionately live and work near power plants and other carbon pollution causing infrastructure. This is a significant threat to our health and especially to the most vulnerable members of our extended families, our children and elderly. These new carbon standards will begin the process of cleaning up our air for our future generations." stated Mark Magaña, Executive Director of NLCCC/GreenLatinos NLCCC looks forward to working with EPA to also limit the pollution coming from existing power plants that are currently dumping carbon pollution into our communities without limits.