Bloomberg: "Northeast, Canadian Leaders Want More Electric Cars on the Road"
August 13, 2018
New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers plan to pave the way for electric vehicles in the Northeast, despite a lack of support from the Trump administration. "Every vehicle emits carbon dioxide and it is a matter that cries out for attention," June Tierney, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service, told Bloomberg Environment Aug. 13 following a discussion of electric vehicles at the 2018 meeting of New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers in Stowe, Vt. The governors and premier, who have met each year since 1973, made a commitment in 2017 to reduce harmful carbon emissions 35 percent to 45 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. To help attain that goal, they vowed to focus on transportation, which contributes the largest share of total greenhouse gas emissions. About 43 percent of total carbon emissions in 2014 came from transportation, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, as analyzed by Bloomberg Intelligence. "This region has led on clean energy for decades," and it makes sense for it to be out front with zero emission vehicles, Vicki Arroyo, executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center, told Bloomberg Environment. The region saw a 21 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions between 2010 and 2015, mainly by curbing power plant emissions, according to the governors and premiers. Read the full story by Bloomberg Environment's Adrianne Appel HERE