Report: State transportation policies failing to significantly reduce emissions

“Most states do not make any effort at all to connect transportation policy with climate change and energy goals, and some put in place systems that effectively sabotage these goals,” the report says. “In sum, current transportation policy in most states will likely worsen [greenhouse gas] emission trends in the United States.”

“Change in transportation policy simply is not easy,” former Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening (D) said on a call with reporters Tuesday about the report. But he said it must be “front and center” in order to adequately reduce the country’s emissions.

The report includes a slew of recommendations at both the state and federal level. They include setting federal emissions reductions targets for the transportation sector and setting per-capita vehicles mile travel reduction goals at the state-level.