EPA Chief: Fighting Climate Change Could Prevent 69,000 Deaths From Pollution in 2100

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy said on Tuesday that if the United States leads a global battle against climate change, then 69,000 premature deaths would be prevented in the year 2100.

Commenting on the EPA’s forecast, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said, “If we want to talk about pre-mature deaths, how about the 57 million innocent unborn children whose lives have been stolen since Roe v. Wade?”

A new report from the EPA, Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action“shows the benefits of the United States taking action and global action on climate change, and the benefits are very dramatic; if the world acts now it will prevent up to 69,000 premature deaths in the U.S. in the year 2100 alone from poor air quality and extreme heat,” McCarthy said at an event hosted by the Christian Science Monitor in Washington, D.C.

“And, of course, if we fail to act, the reverse is true — in sectors from manufacturing to agriculture to fishing,” said McCarthy. “We’ll save billions of dollars if we act now. We will lose billions of dollars and human lives if we fail to act.”