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Global SUV sales undo gain from electric vehicles

By Robbie Webber Electric vehicles have the potential to significantly reduce emissions and the climate impact of transportation. But the global increase in SUV sales—led by but not exclusive to the U.S.—is more than neutralizing these reductions. That is the message from an analysis of the

Nine states and DC move forward on transportation carbon pricing alliance

By Eric Sundquist Nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, plus the District of Columbia, announced Tuesday that they would design a joint climate strategy over the next year and then put it up for state-by-state adoption. The policy will, according to the joint announcement, “reduce carbon

Seattle’s parking reforms

By Rayla Bellis The Seattle City Council passed a number of parking reforms earlier this month to further support the city’s ongoing efforts to become less car-oriented, advance local climate change goals, and reduce housing costs in the city. Seattle is one of many cities to recognize that its

State DOTs and MPOs develop adaptive strategies with help of climate change pilot program grants

By Mary Ebeling Recent severe weather events have levied significant damage on transportation systems in states across the country. Many states, particularly those recently affected, are paying attention to the climate-related vulnerabilities in their transportation systems. Some are using grant

Who Pays for Climate Change? (National Resources Defense Council, 2013)

U.S. taxpayers outspend private insurers three-to-one to cover climate disruption costs. Paying for climate disruption was one of the largest non-defense discretionary budget items in 2012. Overall, the insurance industry estimates that 2012 was the second costliest year in U.S. history for

VMT in the news: A warning to investors, a policy lesson for Congress, a reality check on climate policy, and charts

By Eric Sundquist Flat-to-declining highway transportation demand has been with us for about a decade, and consensus is building for the position that it is not a historic aberration but rather a durable trend. A roundup of recent VMT-related news: VMT data has prompted Fitch Rating to caution

ACEEE finds U.S. ranks last in energy efficiency in transportation

By Mary Ebeling A new report from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy finds that, among 12 major world economies analyzed for the report, the U.S. ranks dead last in the energy efficiency of its transportation sector. Improving transportation’s energy efficiency hinges on

Falling VMT and Insurance Rates with PAYD?

In its Clean Energy and Climate Plan, the authors assert that a mandatory charge-per-mile system for the entire state would reduce VMT by up to 9.5%. Massachusetts would like to find out. For a voluntary system, the reduction would be approximately 2%.  

Getting Back on Track: Aligning State Transportation Policy with Climate Change Goals

A new report by NRDC and Smart Growth America analyzes each state’s transportation policies and evaluates how they support efforts to reduce GHG emissions.  The report can be found on both the NRDC and Smart Growth America websites. NRDC describes the criteria for evaluating state policies to

Transportation’s Role in Reducing U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions (U.S. DOT, 2010)

Read the study here.