A board member at a major Latino environmental group joined Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyCongress should investigate cancer collusion Obama won’t weaken car emissions standards Overnight Energy: Rough hearing for Tillerson MORE in promoting the agency’s rule to limit carbon emissions from power plants.
Half of all Latinos live in areas that exceed air pollution standards, they said. Many Latinos work in businesses that give them greater exposure to hot weather and air pollution, such as agriculture and construction.
That has led to costly emergency room visits and missed school or work days.
“When we look at these impacts, it's perhaps not surprising that, according to Latino Decisions, a Latino political-opinion research firm, support for action on climate change and environmental protection is second only to Latinos' support for immigration reform,” the authors wrote.
They cited a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll that found that 70 percent of all Americans support the EPA’s rule, to reduce power plants’ carbon pollution 30 percent by 2030. Support is even stronger among Latinos, 83 percent of whom favor the EPA plan.
“Latinos, like most Americans, want to build a clean energy future with greater energy efficiency,” the women said.
The EPA’s proposed rule has garnered praise from other Latino groups, including Green Latinos, the League of United Latin American Citizens, Mi Familia Vota and the National Black and Latino Council.