While our concern has centered on ozone, nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide, all of which have exceeded health limits; particulates - tiny specks emitted from burning fuel – pose a far more deadly danger. I will work to set a standard of no more than 50 microns of the smallest and deadliest particulates for every cubic meter of air, because there is an alarming one per cent increase in deaths from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases for every 10 microns of particulates in the air above this level.
In our desire for more fuel efficient cars either internal combustion or electric, we must not be blind to the amount of particulate matter emitted in the production of the vehicles and batteries, as well as in their use. If we truly desire clean air we must take the total pollution signature into account.
I will work to conserve, protect and expand our state and national parks, national forests, and other wilderness areas, as well as our lakes, rivers, seashores, wetlands, and fisheries.
I am in favor of using license fees such as those for fishing to conserve, protect and expand places for the American people to engage in and enjoy ecologically sound fishing.