Energy Independent Vermont has been advocating for carbon pricing for five years, and we are now seeing some progress. Coming up next week Senate president pro tem Tim Ashe and Deputy Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Peter Walke are hosting separate webinars to introduce and explain the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI).
Please take advantage of these opportunities!
Monday, October 21st, at 7:00 p.m. with Sen. Ashe (via gotowebinar)
TCI is a multi-state collaboration attempting to put a price on carbon emissions from the transportation sector. States from Maryland to Maine have been working together for years to establish this policy, and earlier this month they released framework and pledges to release an initiate memorandum of understanding (MOU) this December. You can track TCI’s progress and review the framework here.
Sen. Ashe says that TCI, “is one of the single most important tools at Vermont’s disposal to meet our climate goals, so I think it’s important that Vermonters who care about the fate of the planet (and I know you all do) understand TCI and how it fits into our broader environmental efforts.”
Deputy secretary Walke is part of a team of administration officials working on TCI. But his boss, Gov. Phil Scott, has been sending mixed messages about the program, saying earlier this month, “I’m not looking to reinvent the wheel, I’m not looking to come out with something dramatic [on climate].”
Next week’s webinars are an important opportunity to learn more about an important climate initiative, and press for more. Sign up today!
Tuesday, October 22nd at 6:00 pm with Peter Walke (or join in-person in the Pavilion Auditorium at 109 State St., Montpelier)
Thank you for all you do,
Energy Independent Vermont
P.S. Pollution from the transportation sector is the largest contributor to Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions, so TCI is a step in the right direction. It prices pollution and uses the proceeds on climate solutions. But, even if it is implemented immediately it won’t cover emissions from the heating and manufacturing sectors. In short, we need to price carbon across all sectors of the economy.