Cleaner Cars Needed to Fight Climate Change and Protect Health
(July 18, 2016) - CHICAGO
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In response to the release of the Draft Technical Assessment Report Midterm Evaluation of Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for Model Years 2022-2025 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and the California Air Resources Board on Tuesday, July 18, American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer issued the following statement:
"Motor vehicles are a major source of pollution that threatens our climate and the health of millions of Americans. Greenhouse gases drive climate change, which is already taking a toll on air quality, increasing heat-related illnesses and deaths and causing more extreme, deadly weather events. These impacts hurt our most vulnerable citizens the hardest, including low-income communities, children, seniors and more than 33 million Americans living with a lung disease including asthma, COPD and lung cancer.
"The American Lung Association calls on regulators to adopt the strongest possible emissions standards and to accelerate national efforts to fight climate change. We urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and California Air Resources Board to resist calls to weaken or delay these standards.
"Strengthening fuel efficiency standards will reduce carbon pollution, drive innovation and help protect public health."
For media interested in speaking with an expert about air pollution, clean air policies, climate change or lung health, contact Allison MacMunn at the American Lung Association at Media@Lung.org or 312-801-7628.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.