Northeast States Pledge to Cut Transportation Emissions

The pact is being endorsed by Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and D.C., but those participants hope to get more onboard.
December 19, 2018 AT 8:25 AM

By Timothy Cama

Eight Northeast and mid-Atlantic states pledged Tuesday to cooperate on a new system to limit greenhouse gas emissions from burning transportation fuels like gasoline and diesel.

In a joint statement, the states and Washington, D.C., said they’ll formulate a detailed plan within a year to cap emissions and direct more resources toward low-carbon transportation, among other goals.

The pact is being endorsed by Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and D.C., but those participants hope to get more onboard.

“Emissions from transportation account for the largest portion of the region’s carbon pollution and a recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that ambitious reductions are needed within the next decade to avoid dangerous impacts to public health, infrastructure, and the environment,” the states said in their joint statement.

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