Your car is a big environmental nemesis, and Mass. is stepping in

By December 15, 2017Local News

Your car is a big environmental nemesis, and Mass. is stepping in

Over the past decade, Massachusetts has made significant progress in reducing its carbon emissions, primarily by curbing pollution from power plants.

Now comes the hard part — limiting emissions from cars and other vehicles, which have surpassed power plants as the state’s largest source of greenhouse gases.

The Baker administration is considering sweeping measures that could transform the state’s transportation system, which is responsible for about 40 percent of emissions.

It’s a politically risky undertaking, and potential solutions — from raising the gas tax to increasing tolls to investing more in public transportation — could be expensive and unpopular. But without aggressive reductions in transportation emissions, progress on climate change can only go so far.

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