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American Lung Association Announces Support of Pickens Plan

Nonprofit Recognizes that Clean Energy Will Make Air Healthier to Breathe

NEW YORK, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Lung Association, a leader in the fight for cleaner air for decades, announced its support of the Pickens Plan at a press conference today with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and T. Boone Pickens, the legendary American business leader and philanthropist. Developed by Mr. Pickens, the Pickens Plan focuses on reducing America's dependence on foreign oil by investing in renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, and using America's vast resources of clean natural gas for fleet transportation.

Lung disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States. The American Lung Association is one of the foremost defenders of the Clean Air Act. The organization publishes the State of the Air Report each year, which ranks the nation's most polluted cities, and is a strategic leader on the impact of air quality on health.

"Every person is dependent upon clean air for health and vitality. Yet millions of Americans are consistently exposed to pollution at levels that are scientifically proven to be harmful. The American Lung Association applauds Mr. Pickens' goal of harnessing cleaner energy alternatives because cleaner energy will make our air healthier to breathe," said Steve Nolan, Chairman of the American Lung Association. "The American Lung Association is enthusiastic about engaging in this effort to build further support for the Pickens Plan. Cleaner energy, such as the wind and solar power that the Pickens Plan recommends, is a solution that we support."

Cars, trucks, heavy equipment, factories, power plants and other sources burn coal and oil and bombard the air with smog, soot, carcinogens, toxic chemicals and metals. Breathing dirty air causes hospitalizations, asthma attacks, heart attacks and lung cancer, as well as shortening the lives of tens of thousands of people in this country every year. It can even harm healthy, active adults. Children, seniors, and people with lung disease, heart disease or diabetes face an even greater threat from unhealthy air.

"The American Lung Association tells me that well over 125 million people live in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution," explained Pickens. "Cleaner air is critical to the health and well-being of this country and I am thankful to have the support of this hundred year old organization," said Pickens. "I set out with one goal when I launched the Pickens Plan: to reduce our dependency on foreign oil by at least 30 percent over the next decade. The Pickens Plan will work. It will not only reduce our dependence on foreign oil using renewable energy resources like wind and solar and natural gas as a transportation fuel, but it will also enrich America by providing domestic jobs, creating a greener environment to live in, and importantly giving us cleaner air to breathe," he continued.

The American Lung Association also applauds Mayor Bloomberg's goal for New York City to have the cleanest air of any major city in the nation. The American Lung Association in New York has worked with Mayor Bloomberg to develop and implement PlaNYC, the city's sustainability agenda and appreciates his continued commitment to cleaner air. The reduction of emissions from public and private transit fleets, as well as from the buildings in which people live and work everyday should serve as a blueprint for cities around the world.

"Stopping the pollution that chokes our children's lungs, slowing the climate change that threatens their world, and investing in the kind of renewable energy that can be produced right here in America will ensure a greener, greater, healthier future for New York City," said Mayor Bloomberg. "Hosting this event with the American Lung Association gives us the perfect opportunity to congratulate Boone on the growing support for his plan, and also to show him how New York City is putting some of its key concepts into action. New York has long been recognized as a national leader in the acquisition of low-emission vehicles, and our fleets make use of compressed natural gas, hybrid and solar polar and ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel to keep the City running."

In announcing their support for the Pickens Plan, the American Lung Association joins a growing list of individuals, non-profit organizations and other third party groups who have embraced the Pickens Plan.

About the American Lung Association

Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives, improve lung health and prevent lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is "Fighting for Air" through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association, a Charity Navigator Four Star Charity and holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit

About the Pickens Plan

Unveiled on July 8, 2008 by T. Boone Pickens, the Pickens Plan is a detailed solution for ending the United States' growing dependence on foreign oil. Earlier this year, when oil prices reached $140/barrel, America was spending about $700 billion for foreign oil, equaling the greatest transfer of wealth in human history. That figure has decreased some while oil prices have retreated, but the U.S. is still dependent on foreign nations for nearly 70 percent of its oil, representing a continuing national economic and national security threat. The plan calls for investing in power generation from domestic renewable resources such as wind and using our abundant supplies of natural gas as a transportation fuel, replacing more than one-third of our imported oil. More than 1,350,000 people have joined the Pickens Army through the website which has had over 11,000,000 hits. For more information on Pickens Plan, visit

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