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This is my backyard—the Great Smoky Mountains. It gets its name from the fog that comes naturally in the morning and after big rains, but increasingly, air pollution is having a big impact. I don’t want the beautiful areas where I fish and hunt to become the Great Hazies, so I’m speaking out through my pastoring and advocacy for a clean and healthy environment.

Clean Air Ambassador | Morristown, Tennessee

James Billings

My chief concerns focus on the area of air pollution and it's effects on people and the environment.

I live and pastor in Upper East Tennessee. The area in which I reside is only minutes away from the Great Smokey Mountains. While pastoring is my passion, I am also a passionate outdoorsman. I fish and hunt, so as we look at the effects of pollution in the environments, you will know that I am concerned.

I pastor in an area where air pollution seems to be somewhat greater due to the industrialization—it's an area filled with manufacturing plants. My concern is not only for the environment, but also for the people to which I have been charged by God to save.

I pastor in an area where air pollution seems to be somewhat greater due to the industrialization—it's an area filled with manufacturing plants.

50 States United For Healthy Air

Clean air should be a fundamental right. Air pollution causes asthma attacks, lung disease, and even death. But our bodies don't have to be the dumping ground for dirty industries.

The technology to dramatically reduce harmful air pollution is available today, and major polluters should be required to use it.

Clean Air Ambassadors from every state are sending a powerful message: Everyone has a right to breathe clean, healthy air.

It’s time Congress and the EPA used their ears to help our lungs.