Rhode Island

The United Nations has warned that a two-degree rise in global temperatures would be “catastrophic” for humanity. Rhode Island crossed this threshold in 2020–becoming the first U.S. state to do so–with mounting impacts on the health of Rhode Islanders. According to ecoRI News, these impacts include more dangerously hot days that can exacerbate existing health conditions, greater concentrations of ground-level ozone and increased instances of asthma and other respiratory diseases, and the increased spread of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

In 2022, two of the state’s largest health care interests, the Hospital Association of RI and the Rhode Island Primary Care Physicians Corporation, employed lobbyists who also lobbied for NRG Energy, operator of gas-fired and coal-fired power plants.

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