More Than 125 Leading Environmental and Transportation Groups Urge Biden Administration To Move Faster On Greenhouse Gas Rule
The groups released a letter organized by the National Campaign for Transit Justice and signed by Transportation for America, U.S. PIRG, NRDC, 350.org, Union of Concerned Scientists, Sierra Club, National Association of City Transportation Officials, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and many others to Transportation Secretary Buttigieg and OMB Director Young expressing concern and urging action.
Public transit is our route to equitable economic growth and jobs. But that cannot be accomplished without full funding for programs that fund transit projects and efforts to improve access to transit. We cannot afford to miss this historic opportunity and need Congress to fulfill the promise it made in the IIJA.
“The climate crisis is not coming. It is here now. And given that urgency, we need the Administration to act quickly finalizing this rule to meet the moment and the crisis we are in,” said LeeAnn Hall, campaign director National Campaign for Transit Justice. “The huge number of comments show there is overwhelming public support for this rule. We can’t afford to wait any longer.”
The transportation sector is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. There is no time to waste as record amounts of federal taxpayer funds are already flowing to states thanks to the infrastructure law (the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA).
“The bipartisan infrastructure law is a historic bill and this new rule will ensure it can not only create jobs, rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure and invest in transit but also live up to its promise of helping to combat climate change. We applaud the Administration for taking this necessary and bold action. It is another important step to undoing the harms of the last Administration.
“The climate crisis is not coming. It is here now. And this rule will help meet this moment with the urgency needed.”
100+ Transit and Environmental Groups Demand Congress Keep Promise Of The Infrastructure Bill And Fully Fund Transit In Appropriations
With great economic uncertainty throughout our economy and rising gas prices, public transit is more important than ever. Public transit is not only an engine for economic growth and jobs; it is also an important bulwark against our dependence on foreign oil.