Tell Gov. Ducey: Use Arizona's VW Funds For Electric School Buses
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Herlinda Calderón is an Arizonan mother. Her kids ride buses to school in Phoenix every day. With Arizona’s capital ranked among the most polluted cities in the nation, she knows the dangers of air pollution all too well.
When we met Herlinda, she told our team, “Buses shouldn’t run over education with their pollution…investment needs to be made on buses that don’t pollute the environment and the air that our children breathe.”
Arizona is set to receive $57 million as part of a settlement after Volkswagen illegally polluted our air for decades. Governor Ducey will be deciding soon what to do with the money. We're demanding he use it to upgrade Arizona’s aging dirty diesel bus fleets to zero-emissions electric school buses, protecting the 300,000 schoolchildren who ride buses, as well as the countless communities they drive through, every single day.
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 our family communities and kids breathe in 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 expecting an announcement on what Arizona will do with the money at any time, so we need to act fast!
We’re knocking on hundreds of doors and talking to people across Arizona to get Governor Ducey to act, but we need you right now. Tell Ducey not to waste any time and use the Volkswagen settlement funding for zero-emissions electric school buses!
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