Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed rule that would create stricter emissions standards for cars and could make two-thirds of new passenger vehicles zero-emission by 2032. Harold Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, issued the following statement applauding the proposal:
“This new EPA proposal is a crucial step to address climate change and reduce air pollution to improve the air that everyone breathes. The American Lung Association supports this rule and other efforts that help transition the transportation sector to zero-emission.
“The Lung Association’s recent ‘Zeroing in on Healthy Air’ report noted that the U.S. could experience $1.2 trillion in public health benefits – including preventing more than 110,000 premature deaths – by 2050 if a widespread shift to zero-emissions transportation and electric grid were to occur. Key to this assumption was that all new light-duty vehicles sold would be zero-emission by 2035. Together with the implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act, the proposed rule is a step forward in achieving these enormous health benefits.
“The American Lung Association supports the widespread and rapid shift to zero-emission transportation as vital to improving lung health and saving lives. Everyone deserves to breathe clean and healthy air, and we applaud EPA for taking bold steps to clean up air pollution from cars. We now urge the agency to quickly finalize the rule.”
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Platinum-Level GuideStar Member, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org. To support the work of the American Lung Association, find a local event at Lung.org/events.