ALA Statement on Reported Closed-Door Deal to Repeal Oregon's Clean Fuels Law
(June 19, 2015) -
SALEM—News outlets are reporting that Gov. Kate Brown and legislative leaders meeting in secret have reached a deal to repeal Oregon’s new Clean Fuels Law as part of an effort to save a statewide transportation funding package. The American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific believes pitting clean air against better transportation represents a false choice and that Oregonians deserve both.
Renee Klein, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific, issued the following statement:
June 19 is National Flip Flop Day. That’s fine for summertime footwear, but not for gambling with the health of Oregon families. Just a few weeks ago, the legislature passed and the Governor signed legislation so Oregon could move forward with protecting public health by implementing our Clean Fuels Program. This week, some politicians in Salem have flip-flopped and are working to kill the program. Do they no longer care about healthy air and healthy Oregonians?
Only a Clean Fuels standard guarantees that Oregon will reduce carbon pollution as well as soot and cancer-causing chemicals, emitted by gasoline and diesel fuels, that can trigger asthma, heart attacks and lung disease. Repealing the law or replacing it with unguaranteed piecemeal measures would be a huge mistake.
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