The State of Connecticut’s Climate Action Plan began with the passage of Public Act 08-98 AN ACT CONCERNING CONNECTICUT GLOBAL WARMING SOLUTIONS. The bill brought forth the regulations of direct emissions of carbon dioxide as follows:
(a) The state shall reduce the level of emissions of greenhouse gas:
(1) Not later than January 1, 2020, to a level at least ten per cent below the level emitted in 1990; and
(2) Not later than January 1, 2050, to a level at least eighty per cent below the level emitted in 2001.
According to DEEP documents, the State of Connecticut joined into an international and multi-jurisdictional climate action plan agreement back in 2001. The state is rapidly increasing it’s spending to reach it’s targets according to the 2014 State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection report. The initiatives greatly affect the way the State of Connecticut approaches it’s management of the state’s energy and transportation sectors. The associated costs are then passed onto residents in the form of taxes and other associated fees caused by the mandates.
According to the document, the CTFastrak Bust Rapid Transit project is one of the initiatives the state is using to curb greenhouse gas emissions and prevent climate change. The document states that the DEEP has prioritized inter-agency coordination in the state to build “walkable” sustainable communities within the transit corridors. The state is also “encouraging” people to consider alternative modes of transportation such as walking and bicycling.
The document is revealing of how intensive the programs are:
Exactly WHAT the state intends to do to step up the progress by 2050 remains unseen but the rising costs of automobile ownership combined with the progressive deficit spending and increasing taxes in Connecticut is surely pushing many residents out of the state.
Supporting documents: http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/climatechange/ct_progress_report_2014.pdf