For Immediate Release
New EPA Study Shows Clear Public Health and Economic Benefits of Acting on Climate Change
WASHINGTON - A new peer-reviewed study released by the EPA on Monday demonstrates that global action on climate change will prevent thousands of deaths and boost the U.S. economy by billions of dollars.
The peer-reviewed study, part of EPA’s Climate Change Impacts and Risk Analysis (CIRA) project, comes in the wake of an historic Encyclical on climate and ecology by Pope Francis and ahead of international negotiations for a deal on global climate action in Paris later this year.
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In Response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune Released the Following Statement:
“This study amplifies facts that have been clear for a while: cutting carbon pollution and growing clean energy will prevent hundreds of thousands of premature deaths, save hundreds of billions of dollars in damages from sea-level rise and extreme weather, and save consumers billions on their electric bills. Acting on climate will help secure all of this while providing a major boost to our economy, creating thousands of new jobs, and protecting the health of our families and communities. Recent statements by the Pope and other faith leaders bore witness to the fact that acting on climate is a moral issue, and now it just got much clearer that it is a long term economic issue of the highest order as well.”
The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. It was founded on May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California by the well-known conservationist and preservationist John Muir, who became its first president. The Sierra Club has hundreds of thousands of members in chapters located throughout the US, and is affiliated with Sierra Club Canada.