American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific Supports Governor Inslee's Plan to Clean Up Carbon
(December 17, 2014) -
Seattle – Today, Governor Jay Inslee outlined a plan to reduce carbon emissions in Washington and implement a transportation improvement plan. The proposed plan would implement a market-based program, setting a cap on carbon pollution and issuing permits for emission releases contributing to climate change.
“Too often when we are deep in the debate of carbon pricing, we lose sight of the single greatest reason to act on climate change: to protect human health,” said Renée Klein, president and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific. “Climate change poses a serious threat to public health.”
Gasoline and diesel-fueled engines pollute our air and cost millions in avoidable asthma attacks, heart attacks, and premature deaths. Pollution from vehicle tail pipes is responsible for two-thirds of our region’s air quality problems and nearly half of Washington’s global warming pollution. These emissions threaten the lung health of all Washingtonians today and for generations to come.
“We know improving infrastructure and providing funds for electric vehicles and alternative fuel incentives will not only improve our transportation issues in Washington, but also improve health outcomes,” Klein said. “This also brings us one step closer to a clean air future for our children.”
The American Lung Association will continue our commitment to life-saving clean air leadership to fight climate change and protect public health, particularly in communities hardest hit by pollution burdens. “We call upon the legislature and the Governor to move away from dirty fossil fuels, reduce climate pollution and invest in cleaner fuels and healthier transportation alternatives that will save lives and improve public health,” Klein said.
About the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific
The American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific is a non-profit, voluntary public health organization, working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. Our programs focus on the areas of asthma, clean air, tobacco prevention and lung disease.
For more information about the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific or to support the work it does, call (206) 441-5100 or visit www.lungmtpacific.org.