Air quality is a critical health issue

Posted 7/22/18

To The Editor:My name is Jacob Huff and I was born and raised in Nashville. I am also a student at Tennessee State University.The recent resignation of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, amid multiple …

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Air quality is a critical health issue

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To The Editor:

My name is Jacob Huff and I was born and raised in Nashville. I am also a student at Tennessee State University.

The recent resignation of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, amid multiple scandals and investigations, should have us all concerned. The deputy administrator, Mr. Wheeler, is no better deal, with cronyism and big oil interests on his agenda. 

In 2012, U.S. Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee both voted for some very important clean car and fuel efficiency standards. This bill had wide bipartisan support and it made sense to keep less tailpipe pollution out of the air. This bill saves Americans money at the gas pump, protects public health and helps curtail climate change. These commonsense regulations are currently under attack by the Trump administration.

These standards dramatically reduce our dependence on foreign oil. The world's oil markets are volatile and costly. And we can greatly reduce our dependence on them if we have to buy less oil.

This bill helps save Americans money at the pump by creating standards requiring cars to have higher MPG. The initial cost to automakers to make these changes is greatly outweighed by the $1.7 trillion in money Americans will save.

Our public health is also protected by these standards. There are many Tennesseans with COPD and moderate-to-severe asthma. These people are very susceptible to minor changes in air quality. Children and the elderly are also very sensitive to air quality changes.

We should be putting the health of vulnerable citizens first.

— Jacob Huff

Nashville

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