"PRESS CALL TODAY: Public health expert and scientists on the EPA’s endangerment finding"
Dr. Paul Epstein of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Andrew Dessler of Texas A&M University and I will discuss the science behind EPA’s endangerment finding:
This week, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson will testify before Congress defending the administration’s request to increase funds for climate rules based on EPA’s December finding that greenhouse gas pollution endangers the public health and welfare. Several states and numerous industry groups filed petitions last week to overturn the EPA’s finding.
Legislators in both chambers are debating efforts to strike the finding. Meanwhile 16 states have signaled their support for it. According to the latest Benenson Strategy Group poll, a large majority””59 percent of Americans””support EPA acting if Congress doesn’t, including 61 percent of independents.
The science behind EPA’s conclusions will be discussed by:
Dr. Paul Epstein, Associate Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School
Dr. Andrew Dessler, Professor, Texas A&M University Department of Atmospheric Sciences
Dr. Joseph Romm, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress and Editor, ClimateProgress.org
When: Today, February 22, 2010 at 2 p.m. EST
Please contact Suzi Emmerling at 202-481-8224 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend the call.
Please don’t bombard Suzi with emails if you aren’t media. I will be posting the audio online as soon as we have it.
You can read some of Dr. Epstein’s prolific work on the subject of health impacts of climate change here, including his New England Journal of Medicine article, “Climate change and human health” and the exhaustive Climate Change Futures: Health, Ecological and Economic Dimensions.
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