Wolf must do his part to manage fossil fuels
On Monday, April 29, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Pennsylvania would join 23 other states in the United States Climate Alliance and unveiled his Climate Action Plan.
Thank you, Gov. Wolf, but we need to go beyond statements to actions. It’s time to address the immediate threats to our children’s health incurred by our continued use of fossil fuels.
Over 236,000 children in our commonwealth suffer from asthma whose daily lives are exacerbated by poor air quality.
Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Lancaster, Harrisburg and York are among the 25 dirtiest cities in the United States according to the American Lung Association State of the Air 2019 Report.
Half of Pennsylvania counties that report smog or soot data receive either failing grade or squeak by with a D.
This is completely unacceptable.
Methane leaks from our natural gas industry prevent our state-wide ozone levels from falling, while over 311,000 children go to school within 34 miles of oil and gas facilities, exposing them to methane and other toxins proven to cause cancer and birth defects.
As the planet warms, ozone levels will rise unless we act.
We already have had a commonwealth average temperature increase of 2.4 degrees since 1970. Besides adding to hazardous ozone levels, these warmer temperatures are a leading cause in our Lyme Disease epidemic, now estimated at over 110,000 cases per year.
Gov. Wolf, please act to defend our children.