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  • ACOEM Urges Federal Government to Address Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    April 7, 2009

    President Barack Obama
    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20500

    Dear Mr. President:

    The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) supports your efforts to slow, stop and reverse the growth of greenhouse gas emissions. The economic and social well being of workers, their families and their communities depends on dealing with such matters in a timely and effective way. 

    The threat to human health from global climate change is extremely serious. Climate change is exerting demonstrable effects now and will continue to affect the planet for years to come with profound consequences for human health as well as the ecosystem. The fourth report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states that warming of the earth over the past century is “unequivocal” and that warming can be attributed to humans with a greater than 90% level of certainty.

    We stand ready to work with the Administration, Congress, and other stakeholders to develop environmentally protective, economically sustainable, and fair climate change legislation. We urge continued attention to and resources for meaningful scientific study and solutions.

    The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine is the nation’s largest medical society devoted to promoting the health of workers, their families, and communities through preventive medicine, clinical care, research, and education. ACOEM represents nearly 5,000 physicians and other health care professionals specializing in the field of occupational and environmental medicine.

    We look forward to working with you towards the adoption of policies and programs that will mitigate the health effects of climate change.

    Sincerely,
     Orford 
    Robert R. Orford, MD
    President 

    cc:       The Honorable Henry Waxman
                The Honorable Joe Barton
                The Honorable Barbara Boxer
                The Honorable James Inhofe