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APHA supports clean energy legislation.

A clean energy bill under consideration in Congress could provide needed support in readying communities for the public health impacts of climate change, according to APHA.

In a June letter to Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Edward Markey, D-Mass., APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), offered the Association's support for H.R. 2454, also known as the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, which passed the House in July. The bill, which is sponsored by Waxman, would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to create a national strategy for addressing the public health effects of climate change, and provide funding for climate change and public health research. In addition, the bill would fund state and local preparedness efforts, including the training of public health workers tasked with confronting the regional impacts of climate change.

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"We are particularly concerned that the nation's most vulnerable populations, including young children, the elderly, people with chronic illnesses and people in under-served communities, are most likely to be disproportionately impacted, yet least able to prepare, respond and recover from the health effects of climate change," Benjamin wrote.

According to public health researchers, climate change is expected to exacerbate health risks, such as intensifying extreme weather events and creating environments in which infectious diseases pass more easily from human to human. To send a letter to members of Congress on the climate change bill, visit APHA's advocacy page at http://action.apha.org/site/PageNavigator/Advocacy.

For more information on APHA advocacy activities or to advocate for public health issues, visit www.apha.org/advocacy/activities.
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