Recent studies confirm what scientists have long suspected: that air pollution kills about 250,000 people in the United States—every year! And that’s in addition to the hundreds of thousands with strokes, respiratory infections, and other diseases caused by air pollution. The cost in life and in dollars is enormous, but we don’t see our so-called leaders doing anything to save lives.
Most of the pollution comes from burning fossil fuels. If we switched to 100% renewable energy, we would solve the climate emergency and save 250,000 lives — and the savings would be greater than the cost. (The fossil-fuel profiteers know all this, which is one reason they lobby so hard to slow progress.)
Read the story from Vox: Air pollution is much worse than we thought