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15 February 2011, 3:09 PM
Join the campaign for clean air

Do you think that all Americans have the right to clean air? Then sign the Right to Breathe Declaration!

The Clean Air Act—signed in 1970 by Pres. Nixon and improved upon in 1990 by George H.W. Bush—has benefitted millions of Americans in its 40-year history. Just last year, for example, clean air health protections helped save the lives of more than 160,000 Americans.

More work remains to be done. Some of the dirtiest industrial polluters, such as coal-fired power plants, aren’t currently subject to any limits on their emissions of mercury, lead, soot and other dangerous air pollutants. Americans deserve health protections against this toxic pollution. Show your support by signing the declaration. Here’s a short video on the Right to Breathe.

The Right to Breathe Declaration:

Clean air should be a fundamental right. Every year, many Americans young and old get sick because of air pollution. Thousands die. 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. Not a decade from now. Now. We will raise our voices to demand immediate action, because every American has the right to breathe.

I work as a hospital chaplain and there's few things more upsetting than seeing folks with asthma or chronic shortness of breath due to the fact that they live in neighborhoods with high rates of pollution. Most of the high polluting industries are located in areas where they think they can get away with it - rural, or working class, or people of color neighborhoods. No matter where we live, let's all take a stand together to say this isn't fair!

I've lived my entire life with asthma and it frankly sucks. The idea that it is legal for anyone to make this condition worse for me makes me furious.

I believe that big industry should be sued for all the illnesses they have caused with pollution. For a young child or any person to suffer nd sometimes die from ashma, or lung infections, cancer and all the other diseases pollution causes is unacceptable. The fact that these same industries intentially thwart any progress toward solar or wind (non-polluting) industry and buy out politicians one way or another - with money or intimidation, is unacceptable. The created dependency on the oil, coal and nuclear industries is created by these same industries' hostility and refusal to allow other forms of enegy be developed, except for some lame PR ads they run from time to time. Cancer rates are up. This affects us all. The cost of health care, suffering, and loss of income and life that are directly and indirectly linked to pollution are enormous. The national disasters pollution causes is another huge cost. I for one am tired of it, and have been tired of it. NOW is the time for truely green, non-polluting and non-destructive energy. And yes, of couse we need laws to protect us from cancer causing chemicals in the air and water!

I <3 breathing!! Not sure who doesn't!

every human being should have there voice heard when it come's to the air we breathe.

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