Barack Obama Backs BCAG
Trafford’s Breathe Clean Air Group is delighted to receive a letter from the United States President, Barack Obama. He says that his Administration continues to preserve and restore America’s land, water and air.
The Breathe Clean Air Group has been campaigning for over three years to prevent the building of Peel Energy’s controversial waste incinerator proposed for Davyhulme and more recently to prevent Fracking operations. The location for both of these air-polluting developments is alongside the busy M60 motorway corridor where nitrogen dioxide pollution is already well above the safety limit.
Barack Obama says “we have taken important steps to reduce harmful emissions that contribute to climate change and pollute our water and air. For the sake of our children and our future we must do more to combat climate change. Today, the United States is on the path to a cleaner and more secure energy future, and the dangerous pollution emissions that threaten our communities have fallen to their lowest level in nearly two decades. We will continue to reduce air pollution through clean energy technology, energy efficiency and achievable pollution standards that are reducing toxic pollutants and saving lives. As part of our efforts, we have set the first-ever national limits for mercury and other toxins from power plants, which will prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700 heart attacks and 130,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms each year.
Pete Kilvert, Chairman of the Breathe Clean Air Group said, “We are very pleased to see that President Obama is taking steps to reduce pollution in his country. I only wish that Prime Minister David Cameron would also recognise the dangers of air pollution and take positive steps to protect the UK’s communities and our children.”
Here is Barack Obama’s letter to BCAG: