New Report on Transportation and Climate in Maine
In a new report “Effects of the Transportation and Climate Initiative Program in
Maine: A Study of Rural and Urban Households” by William Somes and Jonathan Rubin, the MCS Policy Center examines the differential effects of the Program in Maine.
As climate awareness continues to grow, many states are taking matters into their own hands. In 2005, a collection of states established the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to curb emissions in the power sector. Using RGGI as a springboard, the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) was formed five years later to mitigate emissions in the transportation sector. In Maine, the transportation sector is responsible for 53% of the state’s carbon dioxide emissions, making it an important target for emission reductions. This policy brief is a summary of our research examining the differential effects of the TCI-P on rural and urban households in Maine.