Biden Promises Climate-forward, Equitable Transportation
- Nov 19, 2020 10:36 pm GMT
The incoming Biden-Harris administration has promised to prioritize tackling four concurrent, intertwined crises: the COVID-19 pandemic, an historic economic downturn, decades of racial injustices, and more frequent and catastrophic events due to climate change. The Biden-Harris Build Back Better transition plan faces these crises head on.
Specifically, they plan to implement transformational policies and significant investments in our transportation system. At 28 percent of overall emissions in the United States, the transportation sector is the leading source of the United States' carbon emissions, and a major contributor to poor air quality and safety issues, especially in low-income communities and communities of color. Poor air quality contributes to over 100,000 deaths in the United States annually and traffic crashes have led to almost 50,000 pedestrian deaths over the last decade. The incoming administration knows that swiftly reducing emissions from transportation is critical to addressing the climate crisis and can improve the lives of Americans coping with the pandemic, high transportation costs, and poor air quality.
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