From: Jen Bendery [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, August 3, 2015 3:02 PM
To: Velz, Peter T. EOP
Subject: Pool report #4 -- POTUS' clean power event
POTUS' East Room remarks on the Clean Power Plan were open press, but here's a little color.
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy introduced POTUS and got a standing ovation (and some giggles at her thick Boston accent).
POTUS began his remarks at 2:15 and spoke for 25 mins. He stood on stage with a handful of people, whose bios are provided below.
POTUS got sustained applause when he announced the Clean Power Plan, which requires states to come up with plans for cutting their carbon emissions. Power plants contribute to 1/3 of US carbon emissions, he said, and that has to change, for the sake of everyone's kids and the planet.
"There is such a thing as being too late when it comes to climate change," he said.
POTUS addressed his critics, saying they try to scare people by saying cutting carbon emissions is "killing jobs and businesses and freedom." He said they've used those false arguments in the past when efforts have been made to combat smog, acid rain and fuel standards.
They are "excuses for inaction," he said.
POTUS wrapped up by talking about the beautiful "Blue Marble" photo of Earth recently released by NASA. He said it's up to everyone to protect it.
"We only get one home. We only get one planet," he said. There is no Plan B."
Event ended at 2:40.
Among those spotted in the crowd: Van Jones (Obama's former green jobs czar) and a top aide to Sen. Barbara Boxer.
Background on stage participants:
Dr. Sumita Khatri, Cleveland, OH
Sumita Khatri, MD MS, Co-Director Asthma Center, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, is a mother of 4 who sits on the American Lung Association National Board of Directors and speaks about the public health effects of climate change. She participated as a panelist for the Public Health and Climate Change Summit this Summer, hosted the Administrator at Cleveland Clinic for a roundtable last fall, and has been an active partner with EPA speaking out in public support of the clean power plan.
Tanya & Milton Brown, Charlotte, NC
Tanya and Milton Brown, from Charlotte, NC have three children, one of whom is asthmatic. Tanya and Milton understand the importance of ensuring that their children grow up in clean air settings and healthy environments. Tanya, who was asthmatic as a child, volunteers with Moms Clean Air Force to educate other parents of the detrimental impacts that climate change and polluted air can have on children who suffer from asthma and other respiratory illnesses.
Laura, Robert and Camryn (16) Kellogg, Wilmington, NC
Laura and Robert Kellogg are the parents of three asthmatic children. Several years ago, the Kelloggs had to relocate because the community they resided in was polluted with dirty air that posed health risks to their children. They now reside in a community with cleaner air and have seen how the exposure to a healthy, clean air environment has benefited their children. Laura is a registered nurse and certified asthma educator.
Dr. Elena Rios, Washington, DC
Dr. Elena Rios serves as President & CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association, representing Hispanic physicians in the United States. The mission of the organization is to improve the health of Hispanics. Under Dr. Rios' leadership the National Hispanic Medical Association has entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with EPA committed to educating their members of the public health effects of climate change on the Latino population with the specific focus on children's health.
Sister Joan Marie Steadman, Silver Spring, Maryland
Sister Joan Marie Steadman, CSC, is the Executive Director of Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). Founded in 1956, LCWR is an association of the leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States. The conference has more than 1400 members, who represent more than 80 percent of the approximately 51,600 women religious in the United States. Many LCWR member congregations have a long history of addressing environmental issues. LCWR is a member of The Global Catholic Climate Movement, and a member of the Catholic Climate Covenant, formed in 2006 with the support of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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