American Lung Association in California Statement: Governor Brown Targets Climate Change in Inaugural Address
(January 6, 2015)
The American Lung Association in California applauds Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal yesterday to expand California’s national and international leadership in the fight against climate change. The goals that Governor Brown proposed in his inaugural speech, including: cutting petroleum use in half by 2030, increasing renewable energy to 50% of electricity supply by 2030, doubling efficiency in existing buildings and reducing black carbon are all critical steps forward to improve air quality and protect public health.
The American Lung Association in California fully embraces these goals and is committed to working with the state and health leaders to expand California’s ground-breaking policies to clean up the air and protect our climate. The burning of fossil fuels for transportation and energy pollute our air and run up billions in health costs from avoidable asthma attacks, heart attacks, and premature deaths, threatening the lung health of all Californians today and for generations to come. In fact, our current dependence on petroleum fuels for transportation alone is costing residents over $24 billion per year in health costs according to American Lung Association in California research. California’s leadership will not only 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 the Governor for providing critical leadership in moving away from dirty fossil fuels, reducing climate pollution and investing in cleaner fuels and healthier transportation alternatives that will save lives and improve public health.