No one should be exposed to toxic air simply because polluters do not want to pay to clean up their acts.
I have been concerned about air pollution since the 1970s when activists brought that issue to the attention of the public. At the time, I was living near a municipal incinerator and I remember that ash and cinders were in the air all the time. As a nurse, I am aware of the data regarding the rising incidence of childhood asthma and other respiratory problems.
Where I live, highway traffic and coal-burning plants are of particular concern. I am especially concerned about diesel pollution.
I want President Obama, members of Congress, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials to acknowledge that there is no such thing as "clean coal." It is important that our air is safe to breathe. No one should be exposed to toxic air simply because polluters do not want to pay to clean up their acts. Congress and other officials should be making decisions that affect our health based on science rather than political contributions.