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American Lung Association Announces Support of Pickens Plan
Date:12/9/2008

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 oppor
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