Tell Gov. Hogan: Use Maryland's VW Funds for Electric School Buses

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Tyrese Robinson is a Maryland teacher and a mother. Her daughter would ride the bus to and from school every day. That is until she was diagnosed with asthma and hospitalized three times.

When we met Robinson, she told our team, “Our children are literally packed into a box on these school buses where they are exposed to different kinds of harmful emissions which can trigger asthma, bronchitis and different allergies – or worse. I had to take my daughter off school buses.

Maryland is set to receive $71 million as part of a settlement after Volkswagen illegally polluted our air for decades. We’re demanding Governor Hogan use this money to upgrade Maryland’s aging dirty diesel bus fleets to zero-emissions electric school buses, protecting the 623,000 schoolchildren who ride buses, as well as the countless communities they drive through every single day.

After Volkswagen was caught cheating federal emissions tests and illegally polluting our air for decades, they are paying states a $14.7 billion settlement, and Maryland is receiving $71 million earmarked specifically to reduce diesel pollution and transition to zero-emissions vehicles, like electric school buses.

It’s almost impossible to think of a reason NOT to upgrade our polluting school buses! Zero-emissions electric buses would immediately reduce the toxic pollutants breathed in by family communities and kids every day, save school districts money on the dirty diesel fuel they’re buying right now, create new jobs for local professionals to maintain the buses, and take a step in the right direction to fight climate change.

Asthma is the single biggest factor for kids missing school, and dirty diesel school buses are a huge contributor to that fact. We’re knocking on hundreds of doors and talking to people across Maryland to get Governor Hogan to act, but we need you right now!

Tell Governor Hogan not to waste any time and use the Volkswagen settlement funding for zero-emissions electric school buses!

 



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