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Here's some food for thought. Last Fall, TreePeople founder Andy Lipkis told a group at a Farmlab Salon that "the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) sent a request to the Governor and President to declare a state of emergency regarding the 5400 environmental/pollution related deaths a year. That equals out to be one and half 9/11's a year."
Then, in a statement from Metro about partial state funding to the Southern California for goods movement infrastructure, they say that "data compiled by the California Air Resources Board estimates that more than 1,200 residents of Southern California die prematurely every year due to the effects of particulate matter and ozone pollution generated from goods movement activities and that over 80 percent of Californians who are exposed to dangerous levels of diesel emissions reside in these five Southern California counties."
So where's the public transportation funding for Metro to help curb this? And if cities like Burbank are banning cigarette smokers in public places, shouldn't they be working towards banning pollution from bigger offenders? In the name of Earth Day, just sayin'.