Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced an Executive Order designed to reduce transportation pollution through the adoption of electric vehicles and zero emission technologies.
The American Lung Association’s new “The Road to Clean Air” report issued last week noted that California could experience over $22 billion in annual public health benefits through a similar transition to electric cars, trucks and buses over the coming decades. The report also found annual global climate benefits of a nationwide transition could surpass $113 billion in 2050 alone.
In response to today’s announcement, Harold Wimmer, President and CEO of the American Lung Association issued the following statement:
“Governor Newsom’s action today pinpoints a clear fact – climate change harms public health today. Bold actions are needed to address the dual public health crises of air pollution and climate change. The pathway announced today to an electric transportation sector in California can save lives and prevent asthma attacks and other health and climate impacts. These strategies must be implemented swiftly to avoid the worst climate impacts, and also be focused on reducing health and exposure disparities in the communities most heavily impacted by freeways, ports, warehouses and other air pollution hot spots.
“Our research shows that we can - and must - make these potential health benefits a reality through bold policies and stronger infrastructure investments. We look forward to working with the Newsom administration to accelerate the transition to electric transportation and renewable energy to improve the health and safety of all Californians today, and for generations to follow.”
For more information or to request an interview with “The Road to Clean Air” author Will Barrett or a lung health expert, contact Bo Smith at [email protected] or 310-359-6386.
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.