Air pollution kills. And not just this generation, but the next.
Californians consistently rank air pollution as among their greatest environmental concerns. More than 90 percent of the states residents live in regions that will suffer at least one health-threatening pollution day over the course of the year.
More than 40 years after the federal Clean Air Act was adopted, and more than 30 years after the California Clean Air Act was adopted, the vast majority of Californians don’t breathe clean air. This is partly because policymakers and others have been too easily distracted or dissuaded from completing the clean air promise.
Children in this state have among the highest asthma rates in the nation, and recent research has linked our bad air to brain tumors, heart disease, low birth weight, and underdeveloped lung function. In the Los Angeles air basin, economists have concluded, not meeting federal clean air standards costs the region at least $22 BILLION annually in premature deaths, lost days at work, health care costs, and lost days in school.
Fact sheets on air pollution: