As lawmakers in Sacramento consider a flurry of climate change and clean energy measures in these last few weeks of the legislative session, it is worth remembering that the road to a clean-energy future runs through the largest contributor to California’s greenhouse gas emissions: the transportation sector.
Bay Area residents are already doing their part. They lead the nation in car-free commuting and electric vehicles per capita, and are considering ballot initiatives to fund road and transit improvements and cut the traffic congestion that exacerbates transportation-related carbon pollution.
Broadening out to a statewide perspective, a new analysis, “Achieving California’s Greenhouse Gas Goals: A Focus on Transportation,” finds that the Golden State’s landmark transportation policies are technologically feasible, cost-effective, and on track to help the state achieve emission reduction goals. But the road ahead is not free of obstacles or choices.