Mid-Atlantic, Northeast states work to cut CO2 from transportation

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The mid Atlantic and northeast regions of the US are home to major cities and sprawling road networks. All that traffic creates a lot of carbon pollution. Transportation issues are multi state and regional by their very nature. So it really does make a lot of sense to tackle them in a regional way. James Bradbury is with the Georgetown Climate Center it facilitates transportation and climate initiative a collaboration between Washington DC and twelve states to reduce transportation emissions. Of the group are developing a regional cap and invest programme, it could take effect as early as twenty twenty two when it does it would require fuel suppliers to hold allowances essentially permits for the carbon pollution caused by the fuel they distribute and the total number of allowances would be capped and then decline over time to ensure that you actually get the emissions reductions. The allowances will be bought and sold at Auction and the proceeds will help fund cling transportation. For example, they could be used for mass transit bike paths

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