The health consequences of air pollution — especially diesel exhaust — include damage in DNA lung cells and long-term lung inflammation.
According to research conducted by the American Lung Association, “The transportation sector in the United States generates a significant share of the nation’s air pollution, threatening the health and lives of millions of people, including those who are most vulnerable to harm.”
Think it’s not affecting you? Check out the ALA’s free State of the Air resource here to learn more about the air quality in your city / state.
Clean energy and transportation would substantially improve air quality across the United States, thereby mitigating the massive public cost incurred by the health consequences of air pollution.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) helps put this cost of air pollution in perspective with an infographic from 2014:
The ALA corroborates this perspective and thus advocates technology and policies that reduce emissions without compromising Americans’ ability to travel, including EVs:
“The American Lung Association supports stringent, technology-forcing measures to reduce emissions from mobile sources through the use of: (1) advanced low- or zero-emission vehicle technology; (2) low-polluting alternative fuels; and (3) pollution control equipment and efficiency measures to further reduce emissions from existing vehicles. The American Lung Association supports reducing the sulfur levels in all gasoline, diesel, aviation, and marine fuels, and toxic air pollutants from all mobile sources.”