E-Blast Climate Change Program

December 24, 2020

Climate change is a defining issue - a crisis that demands our attention and demands action. On Monday, Governor Lamont announced a multi-state climate initiative in partnership with Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C.
 
The Transportation and Climate Initiative Program builds on the climate laws and directives that are already in place in our state. In 2019, the General Assembly passed Public Act 19-117, which requires that by 2030 50% of cars and trucks, and 30% of buses purchased or leased by state be zero emissions vehicles.

This new multi-state compact addresses the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Connecticut. It works by placing a cap on the allowable emissions from the transportation sector. It requires large gasoline and diesel fuel providers to purchase allowances for the pollution caused by the emissions from the fuel they sell. Our state will then invest the money from these companies into building back our transportation system in a more green and economic manner. The program also requires that at least 35% of the revenue must go towards underserved communities to ensure that the investment in transportation is equitable.
 
 
With less emissions and a more green transportation system, policymakers hope to see health benefits while, in the long run, you save money on reduced fuel expenditures and lower vehicle operation and maintenance costs. 
 
Governor Lamont is looking to take a big swing at climate change – are you? I want to hear your thoughts and ideas.