Healthcare workers, want to really make a difference for your patients? Take 10 minutes and do something BIG to decrease risk of health hazards from climate change and pollution!
We know that the continued burning of fossil fuels contributes to illness of today and tomorrow's patients.
Help hold our Public Service Commissioners (PSC) accountable for getting GA off fossil fuels as fast as possible. They help plan 2/3 of the electricity sources in Georgia!
The Integrated Resource Plan is being formed right now and will shape the next 15-20 years! Currently, it falls short of critical climate targets. We need your voice!
Here is how you can make a comment:
Go to: https://psc.ga.gov/public-comments/.
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Docket Number: 44160 and 44161
Agenda Item: Integrated Resource Plan
Date of hearing: 6/21/22
Position: No Position/Comments Only
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My name is xx (list any degrees) and I live in xxx County, GA.
TELL THEM ABOUT THE WORK YOU DO.
I am concerned about the continued use of fossil fuels in our state’s energy mix. Air pollution and climate change induced extreme weather harm the patients I see.
TELL A STORY ABOUT A PATIENT! WE KNOW THAT AIR POLLUTION CONTRIBUTES TO COPD, ASTHMA, PREMATURE DEATH, CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE AND PREMATURE BIRTH. WE KNOW THAT CLIMATE CHANGE WILL BRING INCREASED HEAT, WHICH MEANS MORE DAYS IN THE ER FOR PATIENTS. WE KNOW THAT CLIMATE CHANGE ALSO CONTRIBUTES TO MENTAL DISTRESS OF PATIENTS, WATERBORNE ILLNESS, AND WILL CHANGE VECTOR BORN ILLNESS. TAKE A LOOK AT THE CDC SLIDE ABOUT CLIMATE AND HEALTH TO GIVE YOU SOME IDEAS: CDC slide.
Part of the public service commission's charge is to make electricity SAFE. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report from 2021-2022 clearly states that the continued burning of fossil fuels is UNSAFE to human health. Because it is UNSAFE, I advocate to STOP the use of any fossil fuels for electricity generation (including any natural gas, oil, or coal) by 2035.
The burning of natural gas contributes to air pollution as well as global warming due to the methane gas it releases. The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) lists some of the health risks with burning of natural gas and these include toxic chemicals from water pollution, contribution to air pollution, which increases and/or worsens chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma. The burning of natural gas disproportionately affects lower income communities with noise pollution, toxic chemicals, and explosion hazards. The burning of natural gas contributes significantly to global warming. Methane is a potent contributor to global warming, with a heat-trapping potential 30 times greater than that of carbon dioxide over a 100-year span and 85 times greater over a 20-year span. Per the NEJM, "all reasonable analyses indicate that we must leave nearly all remaining fossil fuels in the ground if we are to hold the extent of global warming below 1.5°C, the target set by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and thus mitigate the health and environmental consequences of climate change".
The burning of fossil fuels is not SAFE. We must stop the burning of all fossil fuels, including natural gas. I also advocate against the use of biomass, as this contributes to particulate matter pollution.
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Thank you so much for taking action and making a difference!