Transportation for the Future

Posted by in #Getting Around LA, #Jonathan Parfrey Posts, #Reducing Emissions on August 3, 2015

On November 8, 2016 — when America goes the poll to select the next President — voters in Los Angeles County will also get a chance to decide on a new transportation measure.

Climate Resolve sees this initiative as a magnificent opportunity to address climate change. After all, it is the transportation sector (e.g., cars burning gasoline) that is most culpable for California’s carbon woes.

Fortuitously, investing in transportation yields magnificent returns. Getting people out of their cars results in less smog, healthier lungs, less congested freeways, and more dollars spent at home (and less money given to oil corporations and iffy countries). And, of course, better transit options can also reduce LA’s greenhouse gas pollution.

As currently conceived, the sales tax measure could raise upwards of $120 billion over forty years. Just think how transformative that scale of investment in our transportation sector could be…

Inspired by Move LA, Climate Resolve is working with dozens of environmental groups to inform the initiative. We call our coalition EnviroMetro.

Our policy document, brilliantly synthesized by NRDC’s Fernando Cazares, suggests how we can win environmental outcomes while improving transportation. Eighteen groups have signed on, and more will join.

Let us know if you want to be involved in this transformative measure.

— Jonathan Parfrey