HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Gov. Ned Lamont signed a climate change executive order Wednesday, following his failed push for Connecticut to join the multi-state Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI).
The initiative would have capped the amount of harmful emissions going into the air and required fuel dealers to pay more. Opponents argue that would have jacked up gas prices.
Lamont said this executive order allows federal infrastructure dollars to go toward resiliency projects. Everything from making state buildings energy efficient to preventing flooding to movIng transportation to all-electric vehicles.
Though we have an overall healthy state, Lamont said not when it comes to air pollution and asthma.
“Not when it comes to kids living next to 95 and 91 and those intersections who are twice as likely to suffer from asthma,” Lamont said. “We will be able to expand air quality monitoring into communities and especially have more information and actual information for communities overburdened with air pollution.”
There is money on next week’s state bonding agenda for plans to convert all state vehicles to electric. Lamont said he will use some operating dollars from the state budget.