The Impact of California’s Low-Carbon Transportation Policies

June 30, 2016

In a recent study, the Consumers Union released a report on the impacts of California’s Low- Carbon Transportation Policies, created to provide operating and capital assistance for transit agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emission and improve mobility. The objectives of the report were to analyze measurable impacts that consumers will face by lowering annual fuel expenditures.

Attorney Jonathan Shardlow authored an article in the June edition of Climate Change Law & Policy Reporter analyzing the key findings of the report. One of the study’s conclude that as a result of California’s sustainable community strategies, by 2030, it is estimated that Californians will save 350 million hours that they would have otherwise spent sitting in traffic, with a cumulative value of more than $6 billion.

However, there are many parties who still oppose increased regulations attempting to combat climate change. The dispute is far from over, and while California ponders strengthening existing regulations, proponents of more regulation will likely be supporting the next report.