As moms, we’ll never forget those last few weeks of pregnancy, a nervous and exciting time when the rest of the world seemed to fall away, as we did everything we could to provide a safe and peaceful entry into the world for our babies. That time is cut short for moms who give birth prematurely, and a stunning new study out this week found that pollution from coal and oil power plants is linked to higher rates of premature birth.
As clean energy advocates, we both know that this country can do better. The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found that after eight coal- and oil-fired power plants in California closed, the rate of premature birth for moms living nearby dropped dramatically. The greatest improvements were for Asian American and African American moms – women who are suffering from a well-document maternal health crisis. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Renewable energy is here today, powering America and creating hundreds of thousands of jobs in the process.
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