Statement of the American Lung Association in California on passage of clean fuels legislation in Oregon
(March 12, 2015)
The American Lung Association in California welcomes today’s action by Governor Kate Brown of Oregon to move forward with the clean fuels standard as an historic step in the fight against air pollution and climate change. Along with our colleagues at the American Lung Association in Oregon, we applaud the Oregon Legislature and Governor Brown for their commitment to clean air and a healthy climate. Because petroleum fuels are among the largest sources of ozone, carbon and other harmful pollutants, actions like Oregon’s today send a clear signal that the West Coast is leading the way to a healthier future.
Along with California and British Columbia, Oregon has now set the course for a stronger, growing market for healthier, cleaner fuel choices along the West Coast. We also join with our colleagues at the American Lung Association in Washington and call on Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and legislative leaders there to strengthen the clean fuels signal by adopting a Washington program to improve and protect public health and expand clean air transportation choices for Washington residents.
In California, the health and medical community around our AB 32 Low Carbon Fuel Standard because of the near term reductions in traffic pollutants that affect so many of our residents and for reducing the significant health threats posed by climate change caused by our addiction to oil and other fossil fuels. Physicians are speaking out through our campaign on clean fuels and the need for strong climate action to both protect the progress we’ve made in cleaning up our air and to ensure a clean air future ahead.