Enjoying time outside is a big reason many Coloradans choose to live in this amazing state, and we simply cannot afford another summer of air pollution like the one we just had.
As the mother of a toddler, I’ve grown especially attentive to the ongoing “ozone alerts” or “sensitive air quality” days, advising us to stay indoors on yet another polluted day.
Not only is the transportation sector the number one source of greenhouse gas emissions, but diesel exhaust emissions specifically have been linked to serious health risks, and are classified as a likely carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Children are exposed to dangerous levels of diesel pollution on a daily basis. Exhaust fumes inside school buses have been found to be up to four times higher than levels of pollution in cars driving in front of the buses.
Electric-powered school buses are a critical solution to this problem.
Electric buses don’t emit harmful air pollution and produce much less carbon emissions (even when electricity is still generated mostly by fossil fuels). They can save districts money over the long term through lower maintenance and fueling costs.
Replacing all of America’s school buses with electric buses could avoid an average of 5.3 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.