More than 400 scientists and health professionals oppose Manchin’s fossil fuel permit bill

Washington, DC – In a letter delivered today to House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Schumer, more than 400 scientists and health professionals urged Congress to reject energy license reform law released yesterday by Senator Joe Manchin. The letter cites serious public health and climate threats associated with the accelerated development of fossil fuels that the bill prioritises.

The letter was written by renowned biologist and climate expert Sandra Steingraber, PhD [Science and Environmental Health Network] and released in conjunction with Food & Water Watch. Early signatories include renowned health and climate experts Peter Kalmus, PhD [UCLA]Robert W. Howarth, PhD [Cornell Univ.]Philip Landrigan, MD [Boston Col.], Farhana Sultana, PhD [Syracuse Univ.]Ted Schettler MD, MPH [Science & Environmental Health Network]Michael E. Mann, PhD [Univ. of Penn.]Barbara Sattler, RN, DrPH, FAAN [Univ. of San Fran.]Mark Jacobson, Ph.D. [Sanford Univ.]and Katie Huffling, DNP, RN, CNM, FAAN [Physicians for Social Responsibility].

The letter states in part:

Fossil fuel projects also carry enormous public health risks, which not only include various widespread health impacts of an overheated climate, but also direct harm to those living nearby. As now documented in over 100 studies, the public health harms associated with living near oil and gas wells and associated infrastructure include asthma, heart problems, early death and impaired child health… More than 17.6 million US residents live within one mile of an active oil or gas well. These Americans include our patients.

“The climate crisis is a public health crisis, with people living on the front lines of oil and gas extraction suffering the most. Scientists documenting evidence of harm and medical professionals treating harm are now speaking with one voice,” said Sandra Steingraber, PhD, Senior Scientist at the Environmental Health and Science Network and author of the letter. “We call on House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Schumer to reject Senator Manchin’s dirty deal that will accelerate fossil fuel construction.”

“Having spent more than 50 years working to protect children from health threats in the environment, I feel compelled to speak out against any political agreement that exposes them to decades more pollution from fossil fuels,” he said. declared Dr. Philip Landrigan, pediatrician and director of the Global Public Health Program and Global Observatory for Planetary Health at the Schiller Institute. “Fossil fuel extraction harms prenatal development. Burning fossil fuels causes prematurity, stillbirth and asthma in children. The single most effective strategy to protect our children from these dangers is a rapid transition to clean, renewable energy away from fossil fuels. The sooner the better.”

Yesterday, Senator Manchin released the text of his long-awaited energy licensing reform legislation, which Senator Schumer intends to attach to a budget resolution “must pass” before the end of September.

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