Despite ongoing progress in improving our air, the American Lung Association’s 2010 State of the Air Report found that many of California’s cities and counties are among the most polluted in the nation, illustrating the critical importance of reducing motor vehicle emissions, a leading source of pollution in our state. The California Air Resources Board is considering proposals to strengthen critical “clean car” regulations that will not only improve air quality in California, but will affect public health for generations to come across the United States.
Stronger vehicle emission regulations will help to prevent thousands of asthma attacks, hospitalizations due to lung and heart disease, and premature deaths that occur annually from exposures to air pollution from vehicle traffic. These measures will also reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that drive global temperatures higher and significantly compound existing air quality and public health challenges.
The American Lung Association in California’s petition is being circulated to medical organizations and professionals throughout California and will be delivered to policy makers, regulators, media outlets and other opinion leaders to demonstrate the public health importance of reducing emissions. If you have any questions about the petition, please contact Will Barrett at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (916) 554-5864. If you would like more information on ways to get engaged with the Lung Association's health and clean air advocacy, please be sure to check the Health Network for Clean Air box below.
Please sign on, and circulate to other medical professionals and organizations, to encourage California to continue its clean air leadership.