The cost of pollution September 16, 2009 : 8:10 PM

According to Time Magazine:

β€œScientists at the University of Michigan, led by Dr. Robert Brook, found that the quality of air you breathe can immediately increase your blood pressure, and cause unhealthy changes in your blood vessels that last for hours and perhaps even days. The study measured the effect of air pollution in healthy people in two cities -- Ann Arbor, Mich., and Toronto -- where participants were exposed in the lab to the same amount of particulates and ozone that would be found near a local highway. People who breathed in polluted air registered higher blood-pressure readings a short time after exposure, compared with those who breathed filtered air, and their blood vessels showed impairment as long as 24 hours later. Such prolonged hypertension is a known risk factor for both heart disease and stroke.”

Our economy, the environment and our health are all at risk if Congress fails to act. Right now, your Representatives are back in Washington and the Senate is about to go to work on the most comprehensive piece of environmental and climate legislation of our lives. In March 2007, as we launched, I wrote:

β€œThe reason Congress has so far failed to act is not because there are no solutions to the problem. Nor is it because the majority doesn't believe that the climate crisis is real. They have failed to act, because they have not yet faced a sufficient expression of political will on the part of the American people demanding they confront our climate crisis head on. You and I know that political will is a renewable resource, and enough already exists to start solving this crisis. We just have to communicate that forcefully to the political leaders of our country.”

Since that time, more than two million Americans have joined our movement. We have the numbers; we have built the political will. Now we need our leaders to act. Send a message to your Senators today by clicking here.