The following is testimony provided by Ginnie Judd to the US EPA
regarding their proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan.
My name is Ginnie Judd. I’m an Episcopalian and a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. I’m an advocate of Faith in Place, a nonprofit organization that empowers Illinois people of all faiths to be leaders in caring for the Earth, providing resources to educate, connect, and advocate for healthier communities.
I’ve cared about the environment and environmental justice for many years. My family and I have been careful to conserve the precious resources of energy and water, which in turn, helps reduce the amount of air pollution. What I’ve learned over the years is this: Clean air and clean water should be everyone’s right, no matter the color of one’s skin or the size of one’s bank account.
Laws that help reduce our use of fossil fuels, which emit an enormous amount of toxins into the air, will help reduce air pollution. Laws that encourage increasing the amount of clean and sustainable energy such as solar and wind are the path to reduce not only air pollution but to ensure we are building an economy based on best practices for future energy needs. Clean energy jobs created by the growth in renewable energy will help families across the country.
My dad suffers from COPD. I see how this health challenge affects his life. He is luckier than some, who have worse breathing issues. The medical community has drawn a direct link from air pollution to respiratory problems, including lung cancer. No one should be subjected to dirty air because the fossil fuel industry’s profits are given a higher priority.
Given why this matters to me, I’m asking the EPA to reject the Affordable Clean Energy rule proposal.
Thank you for hearing my voice.