American Lung Association in California Applauds Expenditure of Cap and Trade Revenue

Sacramento, CA (January 9, 2014)

The American Lung Association in California applauds Governor Brown’s plan for investment of cap and trade revenues as an important step forward in the state’s strategy for moving to a healthier, carbon-free economy.  We thank the Governor for hearing the dozens of public health and medical organizations that called for immediate investment of AB 32 auction proceeds to protect the public from air pollution and climate change impacts. “By proposing to infuse $850 million of cap and trade proceeds into critically needed climate change programs, Governor Brown sends a clear message that we need to do more, and do more now, to protect public health from the worst impacts of climate change,” said Dr. Robert Sawyer, Professor of Energy, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley, American Lung Association in California Governing Board Member and former Chair, California Air Resources Board.  “With most Californians still living in areas with unhealthy air, and all Californians threatened by climate pollution, we simply cannot wait any longer to act.”

The American Lung Association in California strongly supports California’s innovative leadership in reducing air pollution that is threatening lives today and endangering public health for future generations.  As fossil fuel-powered transportation is the largest source of pollution in California, with significant impacts on our most disadvantaged communities, California must increase investments into near-zero and zero emission transportation fuels, zero emission vehicles, cleaner freight technologies and healthier community planning that expands all Californians’ transportation choices through more walkable, bike-friendly and transit-accessible neighborhoods. We must also continue to expand and integrate clean, renewable energy sources into our power system and to bulk up energy efficiency programs to reduce waste and excess pollution.  The Governor’s proposed allocation of cap and trade revenue makes important strides on these key air quality and health priorities and moves us one step closer to a carbon-free future.