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Dear elected leaders,

By way of introduction, I am the CEO of a Connecticut-based business that manufacturers commercial grade chargers for electric vehicles (EV’s).  We are the only company whose chargers are Made in America.  And we make them here in Connecticut (Oxford). 

Opinion: State must lead way in taking on carbon emissions

Connecticut Post, Norwalk, Connecticut

By Elsa Nuñez

As the president of a public university, I have great admiration for the courage and tenacity of young people. The global movement against climate change is a clear example, in which millions of youth — and thousands across Connecticut -- are demanding that my generation take urgent action to tackle the climate crisis. Young people know this crisis is solvable, and they are confident that by working together they can influence the actions of government and corporate decision-makers.

Opinion: Like COVID-19, air pollution is devastating to communities of color; cleaner air can help fix health disparities

Hartford Courant, Hartford, Connecticut

By Dr. Mark A. Mitchell

During the early days of the pandemic, we all got a glimpse of what life would be like in Connecticut without gasoline and diesel cars and trucks crowding our streets and highways, emitting smog and harmful air pollution. Our air was clearer, we could breathe a bit easier, and it was never a problem to get somewhere on time – that is, if we had anywhere to be.

To tackle air quality, N.J. needs to make fossil fuel polluters pay

South Jersey Times

By Dr. Elizabeth Cerceo

Since we just commemorated Earth Day, I have thought a lot about where New Jersey is as a state in facing up to the declining health of our planet. As a physician and a mother of six, it’s easy for me to be pessimistic.

Transportation & Climate Initiative Program good policy for CT, the planet

Hartford Business Journal, Hartford, Connecticut

By Javier Quinones

In December, Gov. Ned Lamont joined leaders from neighboring states in signing a bipartisan agreement to launch the Transportation & Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P).

A clean transportation system is the prescription my patients need

Boston Globe, Boston, Massachusetts

By Gaurab Basu

Transforming our dirty transportation system has long been an urgent public health issue.

Pollution and the pandemic are a deadly mix; it’s time to change that

Connecticut Post, Connecticut

By Lauren Bailey

COVID-19 is striking neighborhoods that were already suffering before the pandemic: one of the most likely indicators of severe respiratory illness is living in an area with high levels of air pollution. Many of these communities also endure high rates of poverty yet are home to the essential workers on the front lines of the crisis. This pandemic has put the inequity of our climate crisis into stark contrast and has made the dire need for reductions in toxic emissions even more clear.

Kelsey Crane column: Virginians deserve better and cleaner transportation options

Richmond Times Dispatch, Richmond, Virginia

By Kelsey Crane

Virginia’s transportation system is in need of serious improvements. Continuing with the status quo of perpetual highway expansion is outdated and isn’t meeting the needs or serving the best interests of our communities. Instead, it’s hurting our environment, health and wallets. Burning motor fuels produces almost half (45%) of the climate pollution in the commonwealth, and that tailpipe pollution also contributes to an influx of health problems and hospital visits that burden Virginians with health care costs.

Gov. Lamont, CT leaders can light the way toward lower emissions

Hartford Business, Hartford, Connecticut

By Susan Dio

The states have long been pioneers of progress in America, running experiments that help us discover solutions to our toughest challenges.

Where TCI came from and where it can take us

VTDigger, Vermont

By Tom Hughes

This spring, Gov. Phil Scott will have the opportunity to strengthen the economy, promote equity, and protect the environment by joining the Transportation and Climate Initiative. If he refuses to join our neighbors in the fight against climate pollution, it is very likely that Vermonters will pay higher prices for fossil fuels without receiving any of TCI’s investment benefits.