Doctors' Orders—America Needs Clean Air
This week, nearly 2,000 health and medical professionals from all 50 states and the District of Columbia told our elected representatives at the White House and in Congress to stand up for clean air. These professionals are intimately familiar with the impacts of air pollution on people—asthma, heart disease, stroke, cancer—especially such vulnerable groups as children and the elderly.
In a letter delivered Wednesday, these doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and asthma experts appealed:
Throughout its four-decade history protecting the public from air pollution, the Clean Air Act has enjoyed strong bi-partisan support. The original Clean Air Act and its subsequent amendments received overwhelming votes in Congress. This landmark public health law directed the Environmental Protection Agency to protect the health and the environment from air pollution. The result is saved lives and improved quality of life for millions of Americans… Support full implementation of the Clean Air Act and resist any efforts to weaken, delay or block progress toward a healthier future for all Americans.