Clean Air, Healthy Families

Carbon pollution threatens our health

Carbon pollution from power plants threatens Ohioans health. Doctors, nurses and scientists warn that it fuels global warming, which triggers poor air quality that makes it harder for children to breathe and contributes to thousands of asthma attacks, heart attacks and other fatal diseases.

Studies show that 679,900 Ohio adults and 196,000 children already suffer from asthma. Nationwide, smog pollution alone leads to roughly 4,700 premature deaths and 19,000 emergency room visits. Allowing power plants to continue emitting unlimited amounts of carbon pollution will mean more global warming and dirtier air for Ohioans.

Scientists also warn that global warming is expected to lead to more devastating floods, deadly heat waves and many other threats.

Coal-fired power plants need to be cleaned up

Coal-fired power plants are the largest single source of carbon pollution, yet they currently lack any federal limits on their carbon emissions. And Ohio’s power plants are a big part of the problem, emitting more carbon pollution than power plants in all but two other states.

But big utilities like FirstEnergy, which have been allowed for decades to spew unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into our air, all while taking in enormous government subsidies, are sure to fight for more of the same. They’ll join with the coal companies and spend millions on lobbying and advertising to try and get off the hook for cutting carbon pollution from their dirty power plants.

With your help, we can make history

Enough is enough, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agrees. Despite these powerful industry naysayers, the EPA is developing the first-ever carbon pollution standards for new power plants.

Now comes the hard part—getting these standards across the finish line and overcoming the corporate polluters’ opposition. So we’re working closely with our allies in the public health community, working to rally tens of thousands of activists to stand up for public health and our environment.

It won’t be easy, but if enough of us speak out, we can drown out the coal industry lobbyists and make sure the EPA is allowed to do its job and protect public health.

Join our campaign and make sure EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson knows that she has the support of Ohioans like you to limit carbon pollution from power plants.