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Why Cap and Invest Is the Right Solution for Massachusetts Transportation

, policy analyst

Over the past decade, Massachusetts has helped lead the nation towards clean and renewable sources of electricity.

Under the Global Warming Solutions Act, Massachusetts established the strongest legally binding limits on global warming pollution in the country. Massachusetts leadership helped establish the first regional limits on pollution from power plants through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. We have the most efficient economy in the country, saving consumers millions on our energy bills. We have abolished the use of coal, we have created over 100,000 clean energy jobs, and last year Massachusetts made an investment in offshore wind that will make us a national leader in that technology.

But most of the progress that we have made is in the electricity sector. When it comes to transportation, we have tried but struggled to make overall progress.

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Citizen Soldiers of Puerto Rico Army National Guard, alongside residents of the municipality of Cayey, clear a road after the destruction left by Hurricane Maria through the region, Sep. 30.

Mr. President: Puerto Rico Is, Indeed, Living a “Real Catastrophe”

, Climate Scientist

President Trump visited Puerto Rico to meet with federal and Commonwealth officials coordinating the relief and recovery effort in the wake of Hurricane María. His callousness and harsh words for Puerto Ricans sharply contrasts with the swift approval of an emergency aid package for Texas and Florida in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Read more >

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Photo: Luis Castilla

How Freight Impacts Communities Across California

, vehicles analyst

Today, UCS and the California Cleaner Freight Coalition (CCFC) released a video highlighting the impacts of freight across California. This video – and longer cuts of individual interviews here – touch on the many communities across California affected by freight.

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Photo: Jimmy O'Dea
Photo: Jimmy O'Dea
Photo: Jimmy O'Dea
Photos: Jimmy O'Dea
Photos: Jimmy O'Dea
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What the Northeast Could Build With a Transportation Cap and Invest Program

, policy analyst

While the Northeast region struggles to make significant progress in reducing pollution from transportation, our neighbors and allies in California and Canada are investing billions of dollars in clean mobility solutions thanks to their successful implementation of a cap and invest program covering transportation emissions.

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Hurricane Season’s Impact at the Pump and Why Fuel Efficiency Matters

, research and deputy director, Clean Vehicles

Gas prices are spiking. This week EIA reported an increase in the average price of gasoline of 28 cents per gallon – with some states seeing more than 40 cent increases. That’s the largest nationwide weekly gas price increase since hurricane Katrina in 2005.

What’s 28 cents worth you ask? More than a $100 million a day it turns out.

That’s bad, but it could be worse. Without vehicle fuel efficiency and emission standards that are currently in place, American drivers would be paying an average of $50 million more per day on fuel costs.

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