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9 States Team Up to Reduce Transportation CO2 Emissions

Do you support such a move in your state?

by Axios | Updated on 12.19.18

Nine Northeast and mid-Atlantic states are teaming up to cap and reduce carbon emissions from transportation in the region.

Why it matters: Cars, heavy trucks and other transport have surpassed electricity production as the largest source of U.S. emissions in recent years.

The big picture: The rough plan announced Tuesday is a stark new example of states pushing ahead with climate initiatives as the White House is dismantling federal policies.

  • EPA and the Transportation Department recently proposed plans to greatly pare back Obama-era vehicle mileage and emissions standards for the years 2021–2025.

Where it stands: The states are Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia. Washington, D.C., is on board, too.

But, but, but: The program design, including the emissions pricing mechanism, isn't yet clear. The states intend to create the specifics of the program over the next year.

  • They intend to funnel the revenues into "low-carbon and more resilient transportation infrastructure."
  • Their joint statement touts the benefits of public transit, transit-oriented development, zero-emission vehicles and more.
  • But the states did not lay out specific emissions-cutting or revenue goals.

Go deeper: State ballot measures on clean energy key to meeting UN climate goals

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  • Jerrey
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    When ignorance and denial prevails at the Federal level it is refreshing to see that some states choose to act. I accept the scientific evidence that climate change is occurring on behalf of my grandchildren and their descendants!

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  • Robert
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    MA and MD have the worst traffic ever and if they cared about the environment they would have improved the traffic issues years ago. This is meaningless and politicians are a joke.

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  • M
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    When we have a presidential agenda aimed at destroying America by weakening her environment and thus her people and a GOP majority in Congress that does nothing to protect us, States have to act.

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  • Steve
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    Stop the GOP from selling our environment.

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  • RAN
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    Tyranny from the state level, imagine that.

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  • Javier
    12/20/2018
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    Buenos días amigos y amigas bonito día espero que estén disfrutando de un triunfo legal para mi partido y él cambio se sentirá que pasen un bonito día

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  • BlueSphere
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    Good. I hope more states get on board. It’s shameful how little we’ve done to protect our planet for future generations.

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  • Jeanne
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    Personal vehicles and massive trucks contribute significantly to local air pollution and global warming. Even if you got your head in the sand around global warming, do you really want to breathe filthy air and expose your kids to this poison?

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  • Larry
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    The environment is like the frog story in the bucket of water. As you heat the water, the frog doesn’t jump out until the water boils and it is too late. We live on an island in space and we are boiling the water.

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  • Curt
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    More tyrany from nanny state oligarchs.

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  • John
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    Anything we can do to help the environment should be done. We only have one planet. We should keep it habitable.

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  • Lisa
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    Those States are right on. Less Asthma and COPD exacerbation with cleaner air.

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  • Sharon
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    Good for the legislators and voters of these states!

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  • KansasTamale
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    Congress needs to roll back the changes Trump has made to NOT protect our environment, air & water. How STUPID IS THIS WHEN WE WERE JUST MAKING A DENT IN THE PROBLEM.

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  • Lionman
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    How would you implement this in states that have high levels of over the road trucking that pass through them? Ultimately, we need to make changes in lots of areas to fully impact CO2 levels, not just in the automotive segment.

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  • Dara
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    I see the pollution in my valley everyday from car emissions. We are destroying this planet. Kudos to these states and their leadership.

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  • Timeline508
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    That’s how the people take the power back !

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  • Thelma
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    12/20/2018
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    We must work together and with urgency to reverse climate change.

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  • Riley
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    It's just an excuse to raise my taxes. Use the money you already take from me.

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  • Patty
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    Keep climate change work going

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  • Nancy
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    12/20/2018
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    Let’s do this for the human race! To ignore this sucide.

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