Wed February 6, 2013
Earth Calendar for February 6th and February 7th
An overwhelming majority of voters polled in a new American Lung Association survey support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in setting stricter standards on gasoline and tighter emissions standards for cars, SUVs and trucks.
The telephone survey of 800 registered voters, both Republicans and Democrats, was conducted from January 13th to January 16th 2013 by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Public Opinion Strategies. Pollsters found that nearly two-thirds of respondents support strengthening standards that limit sulfur in gasoline and tighten the limits on tailpipe emissions from new vehicles, indicating that voters clearly want clean air. The American Lung Association stated that implementing these standards on gasoline would remove as much pollution as taking 33 million cars off the road. If we can remove that much pollution, we can prevent tens of thousands of asthma attacks and save thousands of lives every year. Pollution from cars has a devastating effect on the health of families and children, shortening lives, worsening asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and even causing cancer, the Lung Association points out. Even after hearing opposing arguments that cars are already cleaner and allege that this proposal would cost families thousands of dollars, and would increase the cost of gas nine cents per gallon, the majority of voters surveyed (53 percent) still favored setting stricter standards on gasoline. The poll determined that 69 percent of respondents favor EPA generally updating standards with stricter limits on air pollution.
Only 17 percent of voters believe EPA is exceeding its legal mandate to ensure air quality, a key Republic argument. By a 2-to-1 ratio, voters still view the EPA and the Clean Air Act very positively.
On Our Calendar: Walk a wooded ravine used by escaping slaves and hear the stories about the abolitionists that followed the Hamilton Avenue route through Northside, College Hill, North College Hill and Mt. Healthy. The trail is about 1.5 miles of rough hill terrain. February 10th, 1:00 pm at LaBoiteaux Woods. Registration is required. Call (513) 542-2909 for reservations.