Cal State Fullerton Connects Between Deadly Pollution and Car Culture
It’s certainly not a surprise that cars cause pollution. But, as our elected leaders in Washington debate a $25 billion bailout of the American oil industry, it’s worth revisiting the cost of car culture locally.
Researchers at Cal State Fullerton estimate that the cost of air pollution in California, pollution primarily caused by cars, trucks and other heavy machines, cost Californians $28 billion ever year. Much of this astronomic value comes from lost work time, hospital vists and even the 3,000 deaths that are caused because of health complications that exist because of unclean air.
The Times reports that the Cal-State Fullerton study has broader implications than upcoming ballot votes by Congress: