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24% Reduction in Emissions Possible by 2050

Changing changing transportation habits and land-use patterns in America could result in a 24 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, says a new report from Cambridge Systematics.

"Identifying that changes in travel behavior and land-use patterns can reduce travel emissions 24 percent by 2050, the report indicates that the reduction can reach up to 47 percent if road pricing techniques are implemented. The implications of this report may result in changes to legislation as Congress considers reauthorizing SAFETEA-LU.

The committee chairman, James Oberstar (D-Minn.), applauded the report today, saying it could serve as a "blowtorch to the behinds" for those pushing to postpone his effort to pass new transportation legislation."

Thanks to Michael Rodriguez

Full Story: U.S. Can Cut Half Its Carbon Emissions From Transportation by 2050, Report Says

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Report Says Emissions Can Be Lowered By 47%

"Examining about 50 transportation strategies, the report found transportation emissions could be reduced 24 percent by 2050 by acting to change travel behavior and land-use patterns. The emissions reduction hit 47 percent by adding road pricing techniques, ranging from pay-as-you-go insurance to charging Americans for every mile driven."

And that does not count more fuel-efficient cars, just techniques to reduce driving.

Charles Siegel

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