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HOUSTON – Failing to carry out any new emissions control strategies in Houston lead to an extra 122 deaths in the year 2040. All according to a report (PDF) released today by Public Citizen and the University of Houston.
Furthermore, the report is about the future of transportation-related air pollution in the Houston region. It demonstrating the significant air quality and public health benefits. Benefits of cleaning up emissions from the transportation sector.
The study predicting various impacts to public health. All based on the future of transportation in Houston. The Houston population is predicting to grow 50 percent by 2040. More noteworthy, on-road vehicle traffic could see increases from 30 percent to 80 percent. All by the same year. The study’s Business-As-Usual model incorporates the more emissions this growth would bring. That’s again if clean transportation methods are not fully adopted.
Already, Houston does not meet federal standards for ozone pollution. With a growing population and a growing freight industry, pollution will worsen and health problems will grow if nothing more is done. Data in the report prove the lifesaving impact of cleaning up transportation-related emissions through improved combustion technologies, tailpipe emissions controls and fleet electrification.
The report, titled “Evaluation of the air quality impacts of clean combustion technologies, emissions controls and fleet electrification in the Houston Metropolitan Area for the year 2040” is available for download here (PDF). More importantly, the metro area includes the eight-county region of Harris, Chambers, Liberty, Montgomery, Waller, Fort Bend, Brazoria and Galveston counties.
Furthermore, the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) is a program with the State. Finally, this program is in place to retrofit and replace old, dirty diesel trucks. TERP’s success at reducing ozone limiting because annual appropriations are merely a fraction the $1.7 billion in the program.
View this on their press page., Oct. 18, 2018
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