Try not to let them down.

John Dziak is a lifelong, practicing Catholic who lives in central Pennsylvania. He delivered the following testimony to the EPA in Pittsburgh last summer (and just shared them with us).  PA IPL’s remarks can also be found on our blog.

jjdHello, I’m Dr. John Dziak. I am a statistician helping with social science research at Penn State. I am here to express my personal support for the EPA’s proposed carbon emission limitations.

Last year I had the amazing opportunity to visit my dear, beautiful sponsored children Fridah and Emily and their families, in their village Marimanti in the Tharaka District of Kenya. Tharaka is a hot, dry land, almost desert, with a few people and their goats and chickens, and thorny plants. But the people were mostly kind and good. One dirt-poor farmer offered a beautiful goat as a present for his visitors, and I had to apologize for being unable to take it. In recent years Tharaka has been experiencing unusually severe droughts in which people were going hungry because they could not grow enough food. Scientists predict that climate change will make Africa even hotter and more vulnerable to deadly droughts. I felt bad that if we do not change, we will hurt their land and people. I spoke about this with a holy priest who helps look after the children. He said he was also worried about climate change but that I should not feel too bad because I would do something if I could. This is my small attempt not to let them down.

I am also worried about the beautiful wildlife such as rhinoceros and giraffe which I saw on that trip. In past times, wildlife could sometimes adapt to weather changes by moving to more fertile areas. But now there are human cities, farms and roads in their way, and both humans and animals will increasingly suffer from conflict.

As Americans, we really want to make the world better, not worse. Making the way we produce our energy cleaner will be a big help towards this.

Thank you very much!

The EPA hearings on the (finally) proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants took place the last week in July in Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Denver.  PA IPL members offered testimony both in Pittsburgh and Washington.  Testimony posted here is shared by permission of the authors.  Remarks by PA IPL supporters are published on this blog alongside PA IPL’s official remarks.