Top medical groups have repeatedly warn Americans of health risks posed by climate change. The medical journal Lancet’s Health Commission has warned: “Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century.” Brad Johnson takes on the GOP counterattack in this cross-post (with video).
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) today introduced legislation with Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) to block the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing Clean Air Act protections against global warming pollution, rejecting the counsel of America’s public health advocates. A boon to Koch Industries and the other polluters who supported his campaign, Upton’s legislation would nullify the EPA’s Supreme Court-mandated scientific finding that burning fossil fuels is damaging our climate system.
At a climate hearing on this week Upton justified his legislation by claiming the threat greenhouse gases pose to air quality and public health is a “myth”: