HARTFORD, CT- Despite overwhelming support from Connecticut voters, Governor Lamont announced Tuesday that he is no longer backing the Transportation and Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P). In his remarks, Governor Lamont cited high gasoline prices as his reason for changing course on TCI-P, stating that this is “not the year” for climate action.
In September, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) released the dire warning that Connecticut is not on track to meet its 2030 and 2050 GHG targets and is failing to meet the goals laid out in the 2008 Global Solutions Warming Act. The primary culprit behind Connecticut’s climate failure is the transportation sector, which now accounts for more climate pollution than Connecticut’s electricity and residential sectors combined. Governor Lamont had previously pointed to TCI-P as a central component of his plan to reduce transportation pollution; apparently, he now thinks we can wait. We won’t.
Acadia Center and our partners in the Connecticut’s Transportation Future coalition have worked tirelessly over the last few years to build support for action on transportation pollution through TCI-P. “Businesses, mayors, community leaders, and public health professionals have come out in support of the program and its economic, public health, and climate benefits,” said Amy McLean, Acadia Center’s Connecticut Director and Senior Policy Advocate. Environmental justice leaders have worked closely with state agencies and the legislature to center equity and transportation justice in Connecticut’s implementation of the TCI-P. “While Governor Lamont appears content to press pause on that important work, we are committed to moving it forward,” said McLean.
“The climate and public health damages from transportation pollution aren’t going away, and the longer we wait, the costlier they get,” said Jordan Stutt, Acadia Center’s Carbon Programs Director. “By delaying action for another year, Governor Lamont is deepening our debt to the next generation.”
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