Electrifying school buses will benefit local economy and children’s health
- Jul 19, 2021 2:24 pm GMT
After a school year like no other, Georgia’s students are well into their summer vacations. The diesel school buses that carry nearly half of America’s students sit idle, giving children and communities a break from breathing the unhealthy air pollution these buses spread. There’s substantial evidence that breathing diesel fumes puts children and their still-developing bodies at risk for damaged lungs, asthma and other respiratory diseases, cognitive impairment, and increased hospitalizations. It also increases their lifetime risk of developing lung and other cancers.
However, bold leadership by Congress this year could ensure that an infrastructure bill includes funding to accelerate the transition of school bus fleets to clean electric buses. This would ensure cleaner air for our students and communities. Here’s why it matters to all of us:
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