Envisioning a clear pathway towards meeting long term greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets of 80% by 2050 has been a difficult and elusive task.  Yet, an exciting convergence of technology advances and success in reducing carbon emissions from electricity generation points towards viable solutions that can be implemented now to be on the right path.  It may seem counterintuitive, but the key is to rely more on decarbonized electricity to power transportation and buildings. Consider this hypothetical: if all gasoline powered cars on the road and all buildings heating with fossil fuels immediately switched to modern electric technologies like electric vehicles and high efficiency cold weather heat pumps, GHG emissions from these sources in the Northeast would be cut in half.  With further efforts to transition electricity generation to renewable resources, emissions would continue to fall.  Dramatic changes to our power grid, more decentralized and community energy approaches and redoubled efforts to maximize energy efficiency are needed to make this vision real.

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    Maine’s roads, highways, and bridges are vital to the state’s well-being and prosperity, and persistent budget shortfalls—$68 million annually—have real economic consequences. Our outdated transportation system is also responsible for the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions, and presents dangerous threats to our climate and public health. Proposals to reform transportation funding at the state level have failed every year since 2009, but regional collaboration offers Maine a path to meet these challenges and achieve a clean, modern transportation system that meets community needs, reduces air pollution, and enhances economic opportunity.

  • Joint Letter from 25 Organizations in Support of Amendment 10 to S.2545

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  • Acadia Center Letter to CT GC3 Supporting Regional Transportation Climate Policy

    In the 2018 legislative session, the CT General Assembly enacted a mandate for the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 45% by 2030 – aligned with Acadia Center’s EnergyVision 2030 analysis. The Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3) is now considering policy mechanisms to reach this target. In advance of their June meeting, Acadia Center sent a letter to the GC3 highlighting the enormous benefits a regional transportation climate policy would have for Connecticut.

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