As of February 15, 2007, the Connecticut Climate Plan is two years old. How's our toddler doing? According to a report by Marc Breslow, PhD and Roger Smith, not so hot.
Of the top 14 policies in the plan which account for over 90% of the pollution reductions, only about half have been acted upon. Key policies which need to be implemented include: reducing "black carbon" diesel soot, prioritizing energy efficiency for heating and electricity, significantly increasing mass transit and curbing sprawl and restoring the raided energy efficiency fund and clean energy fund.
In addition the climate plan must be revised to take advantage of new and creative policies such as but not limited to "pay as you drive insurance" where driving less can save you money, tax exemptions for 40MPG+ cars (not just hybrids), and generators should be made to pay for their pollution under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative with revenue reinvested in efficiency for consumers.
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