Supporting clean cars is moral imperative

In Pennsylvania, transportation is a major source of health-harming smog and climate change emissions. In Blair County alone, there are 12,660 cases of pediatric and adult asthma as well as 7,528 cases of COPD. (American Lung Association State of the Air Report, 2018)

Right now, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers have all asked the government to weaken emissions standards on behalf of their clients — General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Kia and other major domestic and international automakers.

A misguided rollback of these common sense standards — being finalized right now by the federal government — will waste an additional half million barrels of oil a day, worsening the health impacts of air pollutants and carcinogenic toxic emissions caused by burning gasoline.

It will greatly increase more climate warming emissions.

On behalf of the 24 million Americans, including six million children who suffer from asthma, we cannot stand aside as the benefits of cleaner cars are threatened.

Our call on political and industry leaders to support clean cars stems from the desire to prevent premature deaths and relieve asthma and other respiratory and cardiac illnesses exacerbated by air pollution.

If you care about the quality of the air that you and your loved ones breathe here in Blair County, share your concerns with our elected officials. Speak out when you visit your local car dealerships. Ask them to share your concerns with their national headquarters.

George Dempsie

Board Member

PA Interfaith Power and Light

Williamsburg

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