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We might not realize it, but air pollution impacts our lives in a big way.
According to the American Lung Association, nearly half the people living in our country breathe polluted air every single day. That percentage is probably higher here in Pennsylvania where we have notoriously poor air quality.
Breathing that dirty air steadily weakens our lungs and makes us more susceptible to respiratory illnesses like asthma and lung disease, and is linked to higher coronavirus mortality rates.
Children are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of air pollution. In fact, a recent study showed that kids in Pittsburgh – right here in our own backyard – have asthma at nearly triple the national rate.
Kids should be able to play outside without the air making them sick. Unfortunately, air pollution is forcing kids onto the sidelines.
Thankfully, Pennsylvania can change that by joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
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The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a regional carbon-reduction program. Over the last decade, RGGI has helped our neighbors in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland cut emissions in half and improve public health.
Joining RGGI could help our Commonwealth address its longstanding air pollution problem and ensure every child in Pennsylvania has clean air to breathe.
Clean air means stronger lungs and fewer kids on the sidelines.
We think that’s a pretty compelling reason for Pennsylvania to join RGGI, don’t you?