"The Environmental Protection
Agency’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, finalized today, is misleading in
name and dangerous in scope. The rule rolls back critical public health
protections designed to reduce carbon pollution from fossil fuel-fired power
plants. This new rule undermines policies to address climate change, which
disproportionately harms children. The American Academy of Pediatrics opposes
the rule, as it will worsen air quality, exacerbate the effects of a changing
climate and increase unique health risks for children.
"According to the World Health Organization, more than 80 percent of
the current health burden resulting from the changing climate occurs in
children younger than 5 years old, such as heat-related illness and infectious
disease. Children’s lungs are still developing; they spend more time outside
and breathe faster than adults, meaning environmental changes will more
significantly impact them. For children who suffer from asthma, poor air
quality can turn playing outdoors into a real health risk.
"Pediatricians call on federal
leaders to protect children’s health by enacting policies that promote clean
air and address the health threat of climate change."
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an
organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical
subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health,
safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For
more information, visit www.aap.org and follow us on Twitter @AmerAcadPeds.