December 24, 2019
A bipartisan group of Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states, and the District of Columbia, have released a draft plan to curb emissions from gasoline and diesel over the next decade and beyond.
[B]y using market forces to spur innovation and prevent pollution, positive “changes will happen that we can’t even envision,” said Vicki Arroyo, the executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center, which is supporting the multistate effort with the backing of major foundations. Some costs could potentially be passed to consumers, but “fuel prices fluctuate wildly, and any of those numbers are less than fuel prices have fluctuated just over the last couple years,” Arroyo said.
Transportation has become an even larger piece of the pollution pie as efforts to reduce emissions from power plants have shown some progress, aided by a shift to cleaner-burning fuels and a separate cooperative effort by many of the same states. Experiences with the power-sector emissions reduction effort, known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, have helped inform the newer efforts on gas and diesel, participants said.
Arroyo said setting up a mechanism to begin dealing with transportation-related emissions marks a significant step in addressing the causes and perils of climate change.
“No other region in the country really has joined hands and said they will tackle transportation emissions as a region,” she said. “That’s just never been done before.”