Recently the new rankings for air quality and particle pollution were published ranking many California cities in the top ten for worst air quality. Read More
It seems crazy to me that California, the epicenter for beaches, surfing and glamor ranks worst. Especially because California is usually at the forefront in America for passing environmental policy. But with glamor and vanity comes a certain mindset of needing to look good and have the best things in life. With a booming population and high amounts of traffic, Los Angeles ranks worst on the overall air quality report. A new Metro line will finally connect downtown with Santa Monica, but the slow speed of the commuter line probably won't convince many people to ditch their cars and head for the train. With the lack of additional lines, for most people even getting to a metro line that will connect to this new train will take them more time then it would to just drive.
So it seems it will be a lot longer before we are breathing clean air in L.A.
The cleanest air quality was on the East coast with Charleston, South Carolina and my once home Savannah Georgia, taking the cake for the best places to breath deep.
Funny how I'm an environmentalist and yet I went from America's best air to its worst. We've got a lot of work to do, I guess its best to start at the bottom.
Hopefully we can all ride our bikes more, consume less energy and buy electric cars that aren't powered at home by coal fired power plants. Change starts with one person, so I guess I will be ditching my car soon and buying a horse.