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Washington, D.C. – The Sierra Club today began a misleading series of radio ads in Pennsylvania and the surrounding region touting a non-existent link between carbon emissions and childhood asthma. The ads began running ahead of a two-day public hearing in Pittsburgh hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on proposed carbon regulations for existing power plants. 


“The Sierra Club has once again used the false link between a terrible chronic illness and carbon dioxide to peddle messages of gloom and doom in an attempt to demonize America’s most reliable sources of electricity,” said Laura Sheehan, senior vice president of communications with the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE). “This time Sierra Club is using children as pawns in their political game, all in support of their relentless quest to shut the lights out on American communities at any cost. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania families are struggling to pay electricity bills that are destined to skyrocket under President Obama and EPA’s carbon plan.”


The EPA is hosting public hearings in four cities this week, including Pittsburgh. Registered individuals will present formal comments on the proposed standards at the William S. Moorhead Federal Building from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. this Thursday and Friday. A member of ACCCE’s staff will provide testimony at the Pittsburgh hearing, which can be accessed here



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