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Clean Air Ambassador: Lynn Ringenberg

I see half-a-dozen kids a day with asthma or some allergy or environmental related lung problem.

When I started my private practice of pediatrics in Florida in 1980, I would see several children a week with wheezing or asthma. Now, I see half-a-dozen kids a day with asthma or some allergy or environmental related lung problem.

In Tampa Bay—where I live—coal-fired power plants are a major concern, because of the damage they're doing to the rivers, estuaries and the quality of our air. Last year, a 62-year-old woman emailed me complaining that she had just moved from the Midwest to Apollo Beach, Florida—where one of Florida's largest coal-fired power plants sits, right on the bay—and now she had developed "asthma." She was totally healthy prior to moving to Florida. She told me she would often see "black particles on her car and yard furniture."

President Obama, members of Congress and officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency need to understand that coal is not clean! I've heard our president say "clean coal" many times, but he's been brainwashed. We need to ensure that we start now with alternative energy, especially solar. We in Florida live in the "Sunshine State." This place should be blanketed with solar energy systems!
 

Ambassador Group Affiliation: 
Physicians for Social Responsibility, President of the Tampa Bay Chapter
Ambassador Profession: 
Pediatrician