Each day buses carry millions of children to and from school and move millions more Americans around our cities. But most of the buses on the road are diesel, powered by dirty fossil fuels, polluting our communities, endangering the health of children, and putting our climate at greater risk.
Nearly 95 percent of America’s school buses run on diesel. Diesel exhaust has been linked to several serious health risks, including increased rates of respiratory illnesses and cancer. Diesel exhaust is internationally recognized as a cancer-causing agent and classified as a likely carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Our kids deserve a safe ride to school. Getting an education shouldn’t include a daily dose of toxic pollution, or increase the chances that kids will get sick. And why would we continue to use diesel buses — many of which our tax dollars pay for — if they are making the climate crisis worse?