Last week, the Supreme Court upheld the EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act to set strong public health safeguards against air pollution that drifts over state lines.
This decision is wonderful news for all of us who value clean air and gives us hope and real encouragement, as the EPA is simultaneously moving forward to limit other pollutants that threaten public health — including carbon pollution from power plants that fuels climate change — and it fits the long, deeply bipartisan history of protecting American health and well-being through the Clean Air Act.
States that reach actively toward a future with clean, renewable power benefit us all by reducing climate pollution.
With this decision, forward-thinking states can be spared from downwind pollutants such as mercury, ground-level ozone and smog coming from states stagnated in the dirty-energy past.
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At Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light, we’re happy to encourage bicycling across state lines, but we don’t want pollution crossing state lines.
We can help congregations respond to the common call of all our faith traditions: care for the most vulnerable people, and care for Creation.
We can help people unplug from dirty air and carbon pollution.
Cricket Eccleston Hunter
The writer is executive director of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light.