Our annual State of the Air reports tell us that Californians face greater air pollution challenges than anywhere in the nation. Our volunteers, medical and health partners and staff fight for clean air because we know the terrible toll unhealthy air can take in terms of asthma attacks, strokes, ER visits, heart attacks and thousands of deaths per year in our state.
We have made so much progress in cutting harmful smog, soot and climate pollution, so why is the fight for clean air still so hard? Geography, weather, millions upon millions of cars and trucks, urban sprawl? Yes to all of the above, but there’s also the issue of lobbyists constantly trying to buy dirtier air.
Who’s buying dirty air? California’s oil industry is footing the bill, but they’re sharing with all of us.