(Los Angeles – January 10, 2008) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) recent refusal to allow California to regulate greenhouse gases from motor vehicles, the largest single source of global warming pollution in California, has adverse consequences for the health of California’s urban residents, especially children and the elderly. That’s the conclusion of an assessment of major studies that have examined the implications of global warming for urban smog. The analysis was released on the same day that Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) holds a hearing in smog-plagued Los Angeles examining the EPA’s decision.
“We have a responsibility to ensure that the health of our citizens is protected from global warming and urban smog,” said Janea Scott, an Environmental Defense attorney in Los Angeles. “Los Angeles residents suffer from some of the worst air pollution in the country, so it is common sense that we use all available solutions to protect human health from automobile emissions.”
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