Will you make the promise to protect kids from pollution?

blog_20110808_1 State Senator Torres Ray and State Representative Karen Clark after signing the Clean Air Promise.

Will you make the promise to protect kids from pollution?

More than 7 million American children suffer from asthma. In 2005, there were approximately 679,000 emergency room visits due to asthma in those under 15.

Polluted air and respiratory illnesses have long been associated. Every year in this country harmful emissions cause thousands of asthma-related hospital visits, illnesses, and even deaths.

The Clean Air Act helps protect us from dangerous pollutants. The EPA estimated that clean air regulations saved more than 160,000 lives in 2010 alone, including the lives of 230 infants.

Now the Clean Air Act is under attack. Polluters and some Members of Congress are trying to weaken the Clean Air Act and prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from updating Clean Air Act standards.

That is why this summer we are asking every citizen, every official, and every parent to promise to protect our children from dangerous pollution.

We need to keep the promise we made to future generations when we instituted clean air programs.

“I promise to protect America’s children and families from dangerous air pollution. Because toxics and pollutants such as mercury, smog, carbon, and soot, cause thousands of hospital visits, asthma attacks, and even deaths. I will support clean air policies and other protections that scientists and public health experts have recommended to the EPA to safeguard our air quality.”

blog_20110808_2Community Leaders and volunteers gather around a giant inhaler at Stewart Field to raise awareness the dangerous health problems of air pollution.

By signing the promise, we can protect our children’s and families’ health by defeating attempts to weaken the Clean Air Act or interfere with its implementation.

We must allow EPA scientists to update Clean Air Act standards and put stricter limits on air pollution, without polluters standing in their way.

Asthma is expensive. The annual direct health care cost of asthma is approximately $15.6 billion; indirect costs (e.g. lost productivity) add another $5.1 billion, for a total of $20.7 billion dollars. Economic analyses have demonstrated that the economic benefits of updated clean air standards outweigh costs 30:1, making them an investment that we can all afford.

How can we afford not to?

Will you make the promise to protect kids from pollution?

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