Re "Cost of fuel standard too high" (Letters, March 12): The American Lung Association in California is invested in the success of California's clean fuels standard as a part of our mission to save lives and improve lung health. Californians face some of the harshest air pollution in America, largely because we are still hooked on oil.
Our kids, seniors and other vulnerable populations deal with ongoing challenges of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other chronic illnesses made worse by dirty air. Air pollution costs people healthy days, takes kids out of school and sports, and costs our state billions in health care and lost productivity costs.
The oil industry claims it is too expensive to clean up. The message is very simple: cleaner fuels bring cleaner air and better public health. Our clean fuel standard points us in the right direction, we need our leaders to stay the course and protect California's clean air programs. It is too expensive not to.
-- Will Barrett, Sacramento, policy manager, American Lung Society
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