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Northeast Reaches Major Milestone to Reduce Emissions and Raise Revenue for Transportation, but Much More Work Remains

, Senior vehicles engineer

A collaboration of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic jurisdictions just signed the final Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  for the Transportation and Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P) This program sets a much-needed limit on emissions from burning dirty transportation fuels in the region and brings in revenue for the participating jurisdictions.

Exactly two years ago, a group of nine states and the District of Columbia announced their intent to design a new landmark clean transportation program that would set a cap on carbon dioxide emissions from gasoline and diesel. This was to be remembered as a ground-breaking moment for transportation in the region, since for the first time Northeast and Mid-Atlantic jurisdictions started working together to address emissions from transportation in a concrete way.

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Who Breathes the Dirtiest Air from Vehicles in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic?

, Senior vehicles engineer

Most people know that cars, trucks, and buses  from our highways and city streets are a significant source of air pollution.  While pollution from transportation impacts all communities in the region to some degree, the people who face the greatest exposure to transportation pollution are those who live near highways, along major freight corridors, and in urban areas.

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Sources: US CENSUS BUREAU 2018; EPA 2014.
Sources: US CENSUS BUREAU 2018; EPA 2014.
Source: US CENSUS BUREAU 2018; EPA 2014.
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Why the Northeast is Ready for Electric Vehicles

, Senior policy and legal analyst

Nearly half of all the electric vehicles (EVs) sold in the US have been sold in California. Is this because only Californians are interested in using EVs to go get tangerines from that guy on the off-ramp over by the 2? Read more >

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Smothering Snow, Spiking Sea Levels, and Other Climate Plot Twists: Expecting the Unexpected in the Northeast

, Senior analyst, Climate & Energy

When I first started digging into climate impacts, I used to think that the northeastern U.S., where I live, was a pretty good place to have landed. I still think so. It’s unlikely we’ll see historic mega-droughts, like those forecast by some for the U.S. Southwest. We’ll see heat that we’re far from prepared for, but it’ll be hotter still in the South. Our forests are expected to change, but they’re not under pressure like those in the Mountain West, nor are they currently experiencing rising risks of wildfire. We have our own problems, to be sure, like coastal vulnerability and trends in extreme precipitation.

But this week in the news there are two new studies that reminded me to expect the unexpected. While we understand the general pathway of change, the shorter-term directions the climate can take along the way can take us by surprise. Read more >

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