HHS Secretary Pitches Clean Power Plan to Kids, With Reference to ‘Cooties’

“The only thing your kids should be afraid of catching in the backyard is cooties,” says Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.

That’s one of the reasons why the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan is “good for our children’s health,” Burwell blogged last week.

She explained that the rule finalized this month by the Environmental Protection Agency will “leave the planet safer and healthier for our children and our grandchildren” by cutting carbon pollution from coal-fired plants.

Burwell then listed five reasons why the 1,560-page rule will help future generations:

— Because breathing outdoors shouldn’t send kids to the hospital. (A reference to children with asthma.)