Statement of The Nature Conservancy Regarding Transportation and Climate Initiative Report
Today the Georgetown Climate Center, on behalf of the Transportation and Climate Initiative, a partnership of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, released a report summarizing stakeholder feedback on potential policies to address transportation emissions that was provided during a series of listening sessions throughout the region.
The Nature Conservancy is pleased to have participated in the public listening sessions. Climate change presents the most urgent threat to our communities, our economy, and to nature itself. In most eastern states, the transportation sector is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions—and the only sector whose emissions are still growing. In order to slow climate change, we need to enact robust policies that will drive tailpipe emissions down and speed the transition to a low carbon transportation future.
“There are exciting opportunities identified here,” says Sarah Jackson, Northeast Regional Climate and Energy Policy Manager for The Nature Conservancy. “Our state, local and regional policymakers have a lot of options to explore and choose from – increasing electric vehicle use, cap and invest programs that would limit tailpipe emissions and generate funds for states to invest in clean transport options, expansion of public transportation, to name a few. These listening sessions are an important first step. We know that we have a limited amount of time to act on climate change, so it is critically important that we work together to develop effective solutions to reduce emissions in the transportation sector.”
“The Nature Conservancy applauds New York and all the TCI states for taking meaningful steps to reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sector,” says Amanda Lefton, New York Deputy Policy Director for The Nature Conservancy. “Cap and invest is an effective strategy that stood out in the listening sessions and is a proven approach to combating global warming. We are eager to work with New York policymakers to move this policy forward and transform our energy sector to reduce pollution, increase community safety, and strengthen New York’s economy.”
The Nature Conservancy looks forward to working with the TCI states to pursue regional solutions to reduce emissions while at the same time providing benefits to communities to enhance safety, avoid costs, promote equity, and increase the resilience of natural ecosystems to climate change.
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