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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22)

Today, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22), founding co-chair of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, and U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL-14), Chair of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, released a climate report prepared by the House Oversight Committee outlining the health benefits for the state of Florida if the United States meets the goals of the Paris Agreement.

 

The report outlines that in Florida alone, meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement could prevent 101,000 deaths and 40,000 emergency room visits and hospitalizations for cardiovascular and respiratory disease over the next 50 years. The state would avoid more than 23 million lost workdays. Collectively, avoiding these health issues would save Florida over $750 billion.

 

“Lives could literally be saved by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We could reduce hospital visits, childhood illnesses, and lost workdays, not to mention the economic benefits across the board. Particularly in the midst of this pandemic, which has more severely impacted people with respiratory health issues, we should be doing all we can to make us healthier and better prepared,” said Rep. Deutch.

 

“As the world gets hotter, the risk of heat-related or pollutant-related illnesses and deaths increases substantially—and communities of color are at even higher risk. At all income levels, Hispanic and African American families are significantly more likely than white families to have high rates of exposure to air pollution, water pollution, and toxic chemicals, and to suffer the resulting health effects,” said Rep. Mucarsel-Powell. “The Republican Senate must pass the Climate Action Now Act to ensure the U.S. remains a part of the Paris Climate Agreement and takes concrete steps to combat these disastrous health consequences of climate change.”

 

“Climate action can prevent over 100,000 deaths in Florida in the coming decades,” said Chair Castor. “It can keep people out of the E.R. and clean up the air for workers and families. And it can make communities across Florida more resilient to extreme heat and flooding, as we create jobs in clean energy.”

 

Last week, Rep. Mucarsel-Powell led 36 of her colleagues in urging the Environmental Protection Agency to enact stronger standards for ozone, also known as smog, which causes adverse public health effects. For more information, see HERE.

 

The full report can be found HERE. A one-page summary can be found HERE. A recording of the press conference releasing the report can be downloaded HERE.

 

Speakers included:

  • U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26);
  • U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL-14);
  • U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22);
  • Dr. Aileen Marty, Infectious Disease Specialist at Florida International University;
  • Dr. Paul Robinson, Retired Physician from Tarpon Springs.

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