Statement from KEF's Director Elizabeth Crowe:
"Kentucky is one of the worst in the nation for toxic outputs from coal plants; pollution that is linked to serious lung and heart disease and other illnesses. Public health researchers have noted that across the country, people are experiencing more severe allergies, more insect-related diseases etc. that may be related to climate change. Kentuckians are not immune to these impacts. At first blush, it appears that the President's climate action plan could result in a much-needed reduction in pollution, which can also result in better health for Kentucky residents regardless of whether one believes that climate change is real.
We'd like for Kentucky utility and industry leaders, economic development leaders, health professionals, parents, policy makers and citizens to spend less time resisting federal action on coal pollution and climate change, and more time utilizing this opportunity to construct a healthier, more economically resilient energy future. Making these changes won't be easy, but it's necessary work."
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