Trump’s environmental policies could lead to an extra 80,000 deaths per decade, say Harvard scientists


The Trump administration‘s proposed changes to environmental policies would lead to an extra 80,000 deaths per decade, according to two Harvard University scientists. The Environmental Protection Agency contends that these troubling results are not scientific, which only highlights the agency’s own uneasy relationship with science.

In an essay published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, public health economist David Cutler and statistician Francesca Dominici argue that, even when using an “extremely conservative estimate,” Trump’s policies would cause respiratory problems for more than a million people over a decade, many of them children.

For example, the Trump administration wants to repeal the Clean Power Plan,…

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