Monday, December 27, 2021
GoLocalProv News Team
Rising sea level and a series strange storms made 2021 the Year of Climate Change Awareness for Rhode Islanders.
Although the debate about climate change and global warming dates back many decades, the public’s awareness has been transformed by record floods in America (Europe) and U.S. forest fires (U.S.).
Despite increased awareness and warnings from scientists, New England governors have abandoned the Transportation Climate Initiative, which was supported years ago by the governors in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island.
The governors — first Ned Lamont (CT), then, Charlie Baker (MA), and, then Dan McKee left the initiative at the end of 2021.
What a difference one year can make.
In December of 2020, Baker said in glowing support of TCI, “As a Commonwealth, we have an obligation to address climate change head-on and a challenge this great requires action across our region and nation. That’s why I am proud to join Governor Lamont, Governor Raimondo, and Mayor Bowser [DC Mayor] to launch this trailblazing program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while building the clean, resilient transportation system of the future.”
Baker added, “By partnering with our neighbor states with which we share tightly connected economies and transportation systems, we can make a more significant impact on climate change while creating jobs and growing the economy as a result. Several other Transportation and Climate Initiative states are also committing to this effort today and we look forward to these partners moving ahead with us as we build out this first in the nation program.”
Does the environment have any chance if it can’t count upon northeastern moderate governors?
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