League President, Elisabeth MacNamara, sent a letter to the House of Representatives asking them to make the promise to protect public health through clean air standards.


TO: Members of the U.S. House of Representatives

FROM: Elisabeth MacNamara, President

RE: Make the Clean Air Promise

The League of Women Voters urges you to promise to protect America's children and families from dangerous air pollution. Clean air saves lives, and we need your help to ensure that everyone in communities across the nation can breathe healthy air, uncontaminated by mercury, smog, carbon, soot and other threats to our health.

The League asks that you make the following simple promise:

I promise to protect America's children and families from dangerous air pollution.

Because toxics and pollutants such as mercury, smog, carbon, and soot, cause thousands of hospital visits, asthma attacks, and even deaths,

I will support clean air policies and other protections that scientists and public health experts have recommended to the EPA to safeguard our air quality.

The League is bringing the Clean Air Promise to voters around the country in order to inform and engage Americans on the issue of clean air and to demonstrate what is at stake. We are asking elected officials, respected community leaders and citizens from all walks of life to make the promise. Protecting public health is a social commitment we make to each other and which we depend on our elected officials in Congress to carry out and safeguard.

For too long, polluters have been able to focus the debate on "overregulation" and false assertions that environmental protections hurt our economy. Clean air is an issue of public health and multiple studies have demonstrated that efforts to clean up the air not only protect our health but also provide a significant economic benefit to the country.

Clean air means that children can play outside in sunny weather, and spend more time in school and running around in the park. Clean air means fewer hospital visits for kids and healthier lives for our parents and grandparents.

We call on you to make this promise to protect our children and families from harmful air pollution by going to www.peoplenotpolluters.org or by contacting the League's national office at 202-429-1965.

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