According to a bipartisan survey recently released by the American Lung Association, Americans understand that public health and safety can coexist with a strong economy. Conducted by Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Republican firm Perception Insight, the survey asked voters their opinions on a number of air pollution issues, including measures like the EPA’s Mercury and Toxics Standards (MATS), currently under attack by polluters’ congressional allies. Strong majorities supported stricter standards on industrial carbon pollution, boiler pollution, and fuel efficiency for cars and SUVs. Additionally, 60 percent of those surveyed believed that strengthening pollution standards would create jobs –not destroy them.
“Big polluters and their allies in Congress cannot ignore the facts,” said Peter Iwanowicz, Assistant Vice President, National Policy and Advocacy with the American Lung Association. “More air pollution means more childhood asthma attacks, more illness and more people dying prematurely. It’s time polluters and their Congressional allies drop their attempts to weaken, block or delay clean air protections and listen to the public who overwhelmingly wants the EPA to do more to protect the air we breathe.”