RELEASE: Coalition for Clean Air Award to Senator De León

Friday, July 15, 2011

Coalition for Clean Air Award to Senator De León

Leadership in Renewables and Healthier Communities

(Los Angeles, CA) – Recognized as a champion for clean air in California, Senator Kevin de León was presented today, Friday, July 15, 2011, with the Leadership in Government Award by the Coalition for Clean Air at their 40th Anniversary Bash.
Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Linda Adams introduced the Senator today calling him a champion for clean air in California’s poorest communities.

Senator De León is carrying Senate Bill 535 known as the California Communities Healthy Air Revitalization Trust (CHART), which helps fulfill the commitments made by our state in the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) prescribing that we invest in neighborhoods that continue to suffer from higher levels of pollution and which are least able to confront the expected impacts of the climate change crisis.

“Sadly, what we have done in California and in so many other places in the world is to create Pollution Ghettos,” said Senator De León. “Individual actions can matter in combating this. When a person chooses to carpool or take public transit, the people in my communities benefit. Or when people choose to recycle or buy environmentally friendly products, they are literally helping to save lives.”

Joe Lyou, the CEO of the Coalition for Clean Air said, “We appreciate SenatorDe León’s diligent work pursuing policies that work to make cleaner, healthier air in California.  He has emerged as a key leader in promoting a healthier California.”

Senator De León lately has been working tirelessly to promote energy efficiency as a cheap and abundant energy source to better California’s environment.
Senator De León, citing a 2010 energy efficiency study by McKinsey and Company, noted that if efficiency efforts were deployed at scale across the U.S, we could reduce end-use energy consumption in 2020 by 9.1 quadrillion BTUs, roughly 23 percent of projected demand, potentially abating up to 1.1 gigatons of greenhouse gases annually. According to the EPAs greenhouse gas equivalency calculator, that is like removing 70% of all cars from the roads. It is also the equivalent of reducing oil imports by 2.1 billion barrels per year, which is roughly 30% of our overall consumption.
Actor and pioneering environmental legend Ed Begley Jr. and the Metropolitan Transit Authority were also presented with awards.