DETROIT (WWJ) – Grow the U.S. economy through clean energy. That’s part of the message of the “I Will Act on Climate” bus tour’s 27 state trek.

The tour, with an EPA regional director and environmentalist on board, is urging the use and development of clean energy and setting federal climate change standards.

Tom Cervenak of Peoples Community Services tells WWJ’s Beth Fisher that DelRay is ‘ground zero’ when it comes to pollution. The Detroit community is home to a waste water treatment plant, Marathon Oil and freeways.

“This is really a difficult place for people to live. It’s a constant fight to make sure that we try to keep these environmental issues at bay but … as you can see and it’s invasive and it’s very difficult,” Cervenak said.

Cervenak says we have to fight to protect the environment and they support President Obama’s climate action plan.

EPA Regional Director Susan Hedman wants to garner support for the president’s plan.

“We will continue to focus attention on improving the environment in communities, like DelRay, that have been disproportional impacted by exposure to environmental hazards,” Hedmen said.

The EPA wants American investment in energy to create jobs and combat climate change. A Detroit environmentalist calls for federal regulations to fight the cumulative impact of several pollution sources in places like DelRay.

The tour comes after President Obama took action on climate change by announcing the nation’s first-ever limits on carbon pollution, as well as infrastructure improvements to deal with the effects of climate change and new investments in clean energy and energy efficiency.


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