AAP: Trump’s emission standards rollback leaves children vulnerable
MelissaJenco, News Content Editor
President Donald Trump’s reversal of limits on carbon emissions will harm children’s
health, Academy leaders said Tuesday.
AAP President Fernando Stein, M.D., FAAP, issued a statement criticizing a new executive order scrapping Clean Power Plan standards for power
plants, which generate one-third of U.S. greenhouse gas pollution.
“Without this rule in place, our children, who are uniquely vulnerable to changes
in the environment, will disproportionately bear the burden of dirty air, increased
incidence of vector-borne illnesses, increased natural disasters, heat-induced illness
and death,” Dr. Stein said.
He cited World Health Organization statistics showing more than 80% of the health
effects from climate change impact children under age 5 due in part to their developing
lungs and the time they spend outdoors.
“As pediatricians, we know it is impossible to separate the status of our environment
from its impact on our patients’ health,” Dr. Stein said. “The Clean Power Plan took
significant steps forward for children by addressing the public health issue of climate
change and by helping to improve air quality.”
“Clean air should not be a luxury, and it should not be determined by ZIP code,” Dr.
Stein said. “We urge President Trump and his administration to support policies that
ensure a safe environment for children and families across the country, rather than
those that undo the gains we’ve made.”