The following is an excerpt from a press release sent out by the Sierra Club:
Hartford, CT — Rep. Adam Dunsby (R-135) and 26 Connecticut legislators from both sides of the aisle sent a letter to Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Robert Klee urging DEEP to to fast track recommendations that will accelerate the transition to electric vehicles (EVs). The legislators called on DEEP to make specific recommendations in the final Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES) to ensure: longer term funding for Connecticut’s successful EV incentive program, expanded EV charging infrastructure, a clearer role for electric companies in supporting EVs, and bold policies that will limit, price, and reduce carbon pollution from transportation.
“Connecticut has the opportunity to put clean transportation in the fast lane,” said Sierra Club’s Clean Transportation for All Campaign director Gina Coplon-Newfield. “As the transportation sector is the largest source of climate emissions in Connecticut, it is imperative that we speed the transition to clean, electric vehicles. By bolstering electric vehicle infrastructure, incentives and utility work around electric vehicles, our state’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy can dramatically reduce dangerous climate emissions.”
Connecticut’s counties received failing grades from the American Lung Association for the number of high ozone days in 2016, and transportation fuels are a major contributor of the pollution that causes smog problems. Transportation is now the largest source of carbon pollution in Connecticut, accounting for 43% of climate-disrupting emissions. We need to quickly transition away from dirty fossil fuels to improve our health and environment.
“Electric vehicles make our communities quieter and cleaner and don’t require importing oil from across the globe. Connecticut should do its part to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles,” said Representative Adam Dunsby (R-135), who signed the letter to DEEP.
According to analysis done for the Governor’s Council for Climate Change, Connecticut’s economy is predicted to gain $17 billion in cumulative net benefits by 2050 if the Legislature’s climate protection goals are met, particularly due to switching to nearly all electric vehicles.