American Lung Association in California Statement on Governor Brown Doubling Cap and Trade Funding to Promote State Climate Leadership
(May 14, 2015)
The American Lung Association in California applauds Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal in the May budget revision today to increase climate investments from the cap and trade program to $2.2 billion. We are pleased that the Governor’s proposal increases funding for low carbon transportation, including zero emission vehicles, sustainable communities and transit, which are among the top clean air priorities of the Lung Association. This additional funding will increase investment in California’s most disadvantaged communities and aide the Governor’s goals of cutting carbon pollution by 40% by 2030 while increasing clean, renewable energy options.
The American Lung Association in California is committed to working with the Governor as well as state and local officials to expand California’s ground-breaking efforts to clean our air and protect our climate. Air pollution causes billions in health costs from avoidable asthma attacks, heart problems, and premature deaths, threatening the health of all Californians today and for generations to come. In fact, our current dependence on petroleum fuels for transportation alone costs residents over $24 billion per year in health costs according to Lung Association research. California’s leadership and investments not only will clean the air for our state’s residents, but continue to set the marker for what other states and countries can do to promote healthy communities and a healthy climate.
The American Lung Association in California thanks Governor Brown for again providing critical leadership by investing in cleaner fuels and healthier transportation alternatives that will save lives and improve the health of all Californians.