This week, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres stated starkly “We are on a highway to climate hell with our foot on the accelerator.” The agency’s Emissions Gap Report 2022: The Closing Window is an alarming read, finding that the adopted policies of all the world’s nations would lead to global warming of 2.8°C over this century – an apocalyptic outcome.
We offer the following recommendations for various sectors believing that they can help
Maryland close the emissions gap between the 2030 GGRA set in 2017 (40% by 2030) and the new Climate
Solutions Now Act goal (60% by 2031). The Federal Infrastructure and Inflation Reduction Acts provide
unprecedented levels of federal funds to accomplish many of these goals. Maryland agencies and local
governments should take maximum advantage of these funding opportunities.
The state should prioritize the
communities heavily impacted by transportation pollution and historically excluded from
transportation decision making and infrastructure resources, including communities of color,
low-wealth communities, rural communities, and people with disabilities, in the development and
implementation of these policies.
We won a historic vote at the regional Transportation Planning Board (TPB), which set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our regional transportation network by 50% below 2005 levels by 2030 – just 8 years from now.
Our primary comments are contained in the joint letter with over 30 other organizations from
across TPB’s region.
Yet the TPB board members made no substantive changes, and the
Transportation is the #1 source of our regional greenhouse gas emissions, and we have just 8 years to slash those emissions. Yet, our local and state elected officials who sit on the regional Transportation Planning Board (TPB), are not taking the urgent – and feasible – steps necessary to reduce emissions from our region’s transportation system. They need to hear from you!
“What our ‘On the Wrong Road’ report shows is that the NVTAuthority needs to take a new direction this year. Northern Virginians want to drive less, not more, and based on regional surveys, they also want their leaders to address climate change,” said Stewart Schwartz, CSG Executive Director.