Electric Cars Could Lead to Healthier Lungs

Electric cars are expected to help save everyone a ton of money in pollution-related health costs.
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Electric cars are expected to help save everyone a ton of money in pollution-related health costs.
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Electric cars aren't just good for Mother Earth, they're good for you too. Half of the toxins in the air are caused by petroleum-laden cars. A recent report from the Environmental Defense Fund and the American Lung Association took a deeper look at the effects of California's efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. 

California has a cap-and-trade program which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the same levels they were in 1990, by the year 2020. The state also has the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which has required that all petroleum-based fuels are reduced by 10 percent intensity by 2020.

“By 2025, the health benefits of the LCFS and [cap-and-trade] will save $8.3 billion in pollution-related health costs such as avoided hospital visits and lost work days,” the report read, according to Nation Swell. “In addition, these policies will prevent 38,000 asthma attacks as well as 600 heart attacks, 880 premature deaths, and almost 75,000 lost work days — all caused by air pollution.”

Basically, electric cars lead to less air pollution, which ultimately leads to healthier lungs. And healthy lungs and happy lungs.