RIGHT TO BREATHE: 50 STATES UNITED

Lynn Ringenberg

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

Clean Air Ambassador:

Lynn Ringenberg, MD

Tampa Bay, Florida

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!
 

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I think we are all addicted to this air stuff, all that dirty oxygen. You know... I am sure truly dedicated industrial, military, or big bad agriculturalists, along with the mining industry would fully agree. We really need to add a few more chemicals. You know, some nice grity chemically laden pollutants. Just for flavor. Besides it's good for the drug companies. They get to provide stopgap measures for people dying of lung diseases.

Everything is connected. Clean air, water, food are directly related to good health. The vitality of earth correlates to stable weather systems, and ample food and water supplies. You mess with one you affect it all. At what cost are corporations and government going to continue to trash our environment and put us in jeopardy?

I agree, and let's push for more solar energy,,esp in FL

We really need to start paying attention to the damage we are doing to the planet in the name of profits.

We really need to start paying attention to the damage we are doing to the planet in the name of profits.

Thank you for taking this on. Good luck.

Thanks for going to bat for us! Every American deserves the right to clean air.

Give em Hell! I have black soot inside my house on the window sills from the Sugar Industry. What gives them the right to pollute my air, even the inside of my apartment? The main job of a government of the people, for the people is to protect our rights, and our common, public spaces; air and water.

Thank you for speaking out.

thank you for speaking the truth. It is hard due to republicans and a few democrats refuting science

Thank you for shining light on this very important subject. We need more professionals to speak up to get our local and state governments' attention.

Thank you for shining light on this very important subject. We need more professionals to speak up to get our local and state governments' attention.

Thank you for shining light on this very important subject. We need more professionals to speak up to get our local and state governments attention.

Thank you doctor for going on this mission. You have our support!
I wish somehow people would become more educated on this subject.
It is so important for us all, but it hardly get noticed in the press and TV news.
I hope you can help change this.
Thanks again for your help.

Clean air is the most precious commodity we have. Thank you Lynn Ringenberg, MD. Thank you for representing all that allows us to live.

Efforts are bring made to reduce our grand children's tax burdens, but the air they breathe will be toxic. So what's the trade off?

Clean Renewab;lle sources of Energy will help protect the Environment & end our addiction to fossil fuels.

Listen up. We need clean air. It is a birthright.

Breathing is the most basic need of all living things. We must do everything possible to keep the air we, and all creatures, clean and safe.

Why is it so hard to understand that we are not the only entities that need fresh air? The sad thing is we are the ones ruining the air quality - and we have to fix it! Why can we not insist of our legislators that this should be a non issue- and why should this be an issue at all?
What angers me most is I am fighting the same fights with air, water quality, and species depletion for over 50 years- and we are still on square one, fighting the exact same issues.Are we this stupid???

I really don't understand why there is a controversy about clean air vs. dirty air. It seems so simple a child can understand it.

I stand with you...Thank you! Corporations are trying to kill us all in the name of their bottom line. Then they send their minions out to lobby Congress in order to keep us from stopping them. (and Congress does!) ...In my opinion, corporations should be outlawed, along with some members of Congress!

Protect our right to breathe clean air and drink clean water. Clean Coal is as big of a myth as natural gas being the way forward. We must have a strong and unified voice to battle the money and lobbyists that "clean coal" and natural gas proponents have. These are not just environmental issues, they are health issues.

Keep it up. Your commitment is necessary, and we thank you!

Thanks for fighting for our right to have clean air. I know what it's like to have bad air everytime I try to sit on my balcony. The smokers are out there ruining My fresh air so that they dont stink up their apt. I start to cough immediately. Outrageous. Chemicals, toxins, cigarette smoke, on and on. Thanks for your hard work.

your efforts are greatly appreciated...

Thank you for everything that you are able to do. This is so vital - not just for this generation, but the next.

Do you like to breathe? Funny thing is, I like it too. So let's do the logical thing and clean up our act; including the reduction or elimination of coal fired power plants.

Thank you for all you do.

I was surprised to read the reports earlier this week about the unacceptable levels of air quality in SE Florida.

Clean air is the most precious commodity we have. Thank you Lynn Ringenberg, MD. Thank you for representing all that allows us to live.

I too live in the Tampa Bay area, in Tampa itself. The air is barely breathable at times. Our entire family experiences breathing problems due to the filth in the air.

Thank you for your important work.

Thank You very much for your work on behalf of all of us. Divine blessings.

Clean air is the most precious commodity we have. If it is not protected then we cannot live. I realize that most people know this but it needs to be made imperitive that the preservation of our environment has to a top priority or there will be long term suffering. I fully support you and will continue to do so.

Thank you Lynn Ringenberg, MD

In March I visited the manatees at the TECO Power Power in Apollo Beach. TECO tries to put on a good face with its concern for the manatees, manatee viewing area and exhibits. It was great to see so many manatees but the background pollution spewing from the Power plant was sickening.

Yes, in the greater Tampa Bay area we have TECO power plant, Weedon Island power plant (St. Petersburg), Anclote River power plant (north of Tarpon Springs in Pasco County).

Let's take action now to protect our children's and grandchildren's respiratory health and their future.

Thank you for your important work! Stand strong!

Make coal industry clean up it's act!

Support clean air it's what we need to live you can live a month or so without food, 3 or 4 days without water, but how long can you live without air. Air so polluted it makes you sick with allergies and ashma. That is no way to live with polluted air.

help save clean air..make obama keep his mouth shut...force cuts in pollution.

Medical evidence can't be denied. Besides, healthcare care spending is second only to military spending.

Cut pollution, you will cut healthcare immediately. Corporations need to finally understand the relationship for cost of dollar for material... and loss of product in waste. Less waste = more profit, and it can be done so simply finding small glitches and streamlining processes.

It's win-win for everyone, the only hold-up is ...old school twits who won't change even if it it saves their grandchild

Dr. Ringenberg, I'm with you all the way! You go girl! Thank you!

We need to do a better job at keeping the air clean

We need to do a better job at cleaning the air & keeping it clean.

This is VERY Important!

I moved to FL to escape the pollution and respiratory problems that living over a NYC bus stop created....
There is NO CLEAN COAL....
What is wrong with solar and wind....we have that plentiful in FL....

When I moved to Gainesville Florida about 5 years ago, I immediately noticed that the air smelled "sweet", or fresh, and that it felt soft on my skin. I had moved from New England, and could tell the difference right away..such an unexpected pleasure!

If coal or any other dirty fuel threatened my ability to breathe this clean, unpolluted air, I would fight to the end. There is simply no justification for subjecting any US citizens to an insult like dirty air or water.

My mother moved to Tallahassee to escape the pollution in Chicago, which was causing her respiratory problems such as frequent "colds," At that time (maybe even now) Chicago was burning bituminous coal. And there were a lot of factories, not to mention cars with poor exhaust control (this was in 1970). The change in air quality when she came to Tallahassee improved her breathing and respiratory health at once. Clean air is important. Please keep fighting for us.

My mother moved to Tallahassee to escape the pollution in Chicago, which was causing her respiratory problems such as frequent "colds," At that time (maybe even now) Chicago was burning bituminous coal. And there were a lot of factories, not to mention cars with poor exhaust control (this was in 1970). The change in air quality when she came to Tallahassee improved her breathing and respiratory health at once. Clean air is important. Please keep fighting for us.

Recent reports indicate an association with diabetes as well.

This is so critical!

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