Traveling Cleaner: Are We There Yet?

(September 26, 2013)

Research shows that cleaner gasoline and vehicle standards would yield major health benefits, such as preventing thousands of premature deaths, millions fewer school and work days missed and billions of dollars saved in health care costs. The American Lung Association is working to make these health benefits a reality for all of us. The question is, are we there yet? This summer, the Lung Association went out to talk to people about clean air, and specifically ask them if we are there yet with air quality safe enough for our kids to breathe. Here’s what we found….

People across the country told us that the health of their children was their top concern. And all people with lung disease, especially kids with asthma, needed cleaner air, to protect their health. But don’t take our word for it – hear it from them. Our videos from across the country show that people care about the air they breathe and the effect it has on their health and the health of their loved ones. Are we there yet? Not by a long shot. But Americans are squarely behind the fight to get our air to a healthier, safer  level.

Pollution from cars has a devastating effect on the health of families and children—shortening lives, worsening asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and even causing cancer. According to a recent American Lung Association nationwide, bipartisan survey, by a 2 to 1 margin American voters support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency setting stricter standards on gasoline and tightening limits on tailpipe emissions from new vehicles.

Not only does the American public support standards that better protect our health, but automakers, Governors, state and local air agencies, labor groups, health groups and environmental groups all support these lifesaving standards. You can learn more here.

Join with those who spoke with us this and tell President Obama to set final standards for cleaner gasoline and vehicles.