Huffman Reintroduced the GREEN Streets Act

Press release from the Office of Congressman Huffman:

[On February 7], Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-02) reintroduced the Generating Resilient, Environmentally Exceptional National (GREEN) Streets Act. This legislation would establish national goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the national highway system and help states adapt their transportation systems to the adverse effects of climate change.

“Tackling climate change is going to mean re-envisioning the current model of highways and long commutes to a model of safer, healthier, and more resilient communities,” said Rep. Huffman, a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “With the GREEN Streets Act, we can transform how we measure success in the federal transportation program and how we hold federal and state decision-makers accountable for reducing carbon pollution. Through innovative, green solutions, we can build back a better transportation sector that restores the health of our communities and advances the nation’s clean energy goals.”

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced a companion version of this bill in the Senate earlier this year.

“The national highway system is driving up emissions and polluting our planet,” said Senator Markey, said Senator Markey, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee and co-author of the Green New Deal resolution. “Our GREEN Streets Act will revolutionize our transportation system by prioritizing smarter, safer, and healthier modes of travel. Let’s stop sitting in traffic, and start moving toward a zero-emission future.”

Since 2016, the transportation sector has been the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the nation, accounting for over 28 percent of total emissions. The GREEN Streets Act is endorsed by nearly 100 grassroots transit and environmental groups, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Coalition for Transit Justice, Union of Concerned Scientists, and the LivableStreets Alliance.

A copy of the GREEN Streets Act can be found here.

Even with the interstate highway system completed, the federal transportation program has a singular focus on highway expansion, rewarding states that expand highways the most with more federal funding. With roads subsidized by the federal government, localities struggle to stay ahead of development that spreads further from the center of metro areas, forcing people to travel further to access jobs and services. The resulting growth in driving and congestion leads to demand for more roads, which induces even more driving, and even more emissions.

To address these issues, the GREEN Streets Act specifically:

  • Directs the Secretary of Transportation to establish minimum standards for states to use to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and per capita vehicle miles traveled (VMT) on the national highway system;
  • Directs the Transportation Secretary to establish measures that states can use to assess and reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions on the national highway system;
  • Requires states that have fallen out of compliance with the per capita VMT standards or carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emission measures to dedicate federal highway funding to come into compliance;
  • Requires states and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to consider projects and strategies that reduce per capita VMT and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector; and
  • Requires states and MPOs to publish an analysis of the impact on per capita VMTs and mobile source greenhouse gas emissions for each project that adds new lanes or otherwise increases traffic capacity and costs more than $25 million.

 “The GREEN Streets Act is vital legislation which will alleviate greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s roads, enhance access and connectivity in communities, and promote environmental justice and climate resilience in our transportation systems. The climate crisis is not coming. It is here now. [This] bill is an important step towards addressing the crisis on the scale that is needed,” said LeeAnn Hall, Director of Alliance for a Just Society staffing the National Campaign for Transit Justice.

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Heidi
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Heidi
3 months ago

How about just lower the speed limit? Better gas mileage, less accidents. California did that briefly in the 70’s, due to a gas shortage – people were surprised how well it worked out.

Ernie Branscomb
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Ernie Branscomb
3 months ago
Reply to  Heidi

So, Huffman should work from home and ride his bicycle for groceries. Politicians are so two faced it is pathetic. Oh, I forgot he is important, you are not. Rules for thee, but not for me.

Mr. Clark
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Mr. Clark
3 months ago

All this climate change BS is wasting out time on real issues. Close the boarder Jared, and dont tell me its the Republicans that are holding this up. Drill some OIL Jared, lest swing the economy back like President Trump was doing. Stop the war escalation. Quite the persecution of Trump.

ABA
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ABA
3 months ago
Reply to  Mr. Clark

Mr Clark is OUTRAGED!

Mr. Clark
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Mr. Clark
3 months ago
Reply to  Heidi

Slower speeds DO not give you better millage. Most vehicles newer the 2010 will have transmissions that run at a lower RPM on a highway. City driving and under 40 mph is where you start to lose mpg. And over 75 mph.

Realist
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Realist
3 months ago
Reply to  Mr. Clark

The comucrats don’t like their subjects moving freely around the country it is about total control we will force you to ride the bus but you better have a good reason

ABA
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ABA
3 months ago
Reply to  Realist

Consider changing your name to “Fantasist.”

Realist
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Realist
3 months ago
Reply to  Mr. Clark

It’s all about total control

BoffinD
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3 months ago
Reply to  Mr. Clark

My 2020 Toyota has a current mileage reading right on the dash. Sustained speeds above 60mph absolutely impact mileage. I get almost 5 mpg less at 75mph.

Pretty much the same with my older car also

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Bozo
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Bozo
3 months ago
Reply to  Heidi

55 mph was a USA national speed limit during the ‘original’ gas crisis.
Western States hated it (long driving distances).
Eastern States (shorter driving distances) not so much.

Gosh
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Gosh
3 months ago
Reply to  Bozo

Sammy Hagar hated it 🤣

Zipline
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Zipline
3 months ago
Reply to  Heidi

How about get rid of cars, gas and battery, how about rip up all that asphalt and cement, how about put train tracks in their stead. Oops. That would be hard and inconvenient…..We’re all going to get what we deserve….idiot politicians.

Bozo
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Bozo
3 months ago

World Environmental Leader = North Korea.
Every American should read about it.
Way ahead of the USA, the entire nation shuts down at night.
No worries about cabbage workers, most of the citizens do that… for a lifetime.

Wake up in the barracks.
Chow Hall – Cabbage.
Marched out to the fields.
Political Meetings.
Chow Hall – Cabbage.
Back to the barracks.
Lights out… sleep.
Then do it again… and again… and again.

Going to be the way it is here… under General All Time Supreme Leader Bonta.

korea-night1409-0903094399320-943202493-949ddd
Al L Ivesmatr
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Al L Ivesmatr
3 months ago

Here is an idea, pass a new law which requires all Democrats who believe in man made global cooling, er global warming, er climate change give up their cars and must ride bicycles, buses and their lil red wagon. No exceptions. Put your money where your mouth is. For the other half of the country who understand the climate is not static and are aware of geology and solar cycles, carry on as usual. It will be a great experiment, Democrats can be the experimental group and the rest of us can be the control group. The result will be the Democrats scream like the little children they are and claim that it isn’t fair that they didn’t get a cookie like Joe down the street. The fact is, they don’t believe in man caused climate change enough to alter anything in their life unless they make everyone suffer along with them. They are not real change agents, they are statist status quo windmill people. Hence, they are frauds and phonies. Get a life Huffbagger.

D'Tucker Jebs
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3 months ago

Sounds like setting goals, but doesn’t provide much in the way of helping to achieve those goals.
Pubic transportation, higher density housing are the best things we can be doing to reduce VMT, but this doesn’t seem to provide any funding for that.

Gosh
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Gosh
3 months ago
Reply to  D'Tucker Jebs

Like the other poster said … Unicorn Farts.

Basically that’s all the dems ever run on: the virtue of unicorn farts.

Our country is lost. #rip #plutoreturn

D'Tucker Jebs
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3 months ago
Reply to  Gosh

I agree that the Dems are apathetic.
The Republicans are obstructionist.
Our country (the whole world in fact) is likely lost.
And I thought unicorns farted rainbows.
Those are pretty, but I don’t think they help much.

Gosh
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Gosh
3 months ago
Reply to  D'Tucker Jebs

Constitutional Convention?

D'Tucker Jebs
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3 months ago
Reply to  Gosh

Absoutely! And absolutely not.
We definitely need a major overhaul,
but I’m afraid the very things that are ruining us are so baked into the Constitution that a Constituional Convention would likely result in something even worse than we aready have.

Trashman
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Trashman
3 months ago
Reply to  D'Tucker Jebs

Get on the covid bus.

Pharmstheproblem
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Pharmstheproblem
3 months ago

More paper pushing! Unicorn farts.

William
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William
3 months ago

So he want to limit and restrict the amount of miles you can drive. This is ridiculous

William
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William
3 months ago

Just a few months ago it was cow farts that were the largest producers of green house gases. These people want total control over your life.

BudD
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Bud
3 months ago

Translation: wealthy people are paying me to pass stupid legislation that will transfer wealth from everyone to them…

Humboldt
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Humboldt
3 months ago

There must be a balance.

Between the fiercely independent, some with comments below, and the need of the whole.

Our senior population, the first half of the baby boom, was born with their generational planet, Pluto, in Leo.

Leo is about individuality.

Thus, some of the comments, below.

Pluto has gone half way around the circle, having just now moved into Aquarius, the sign of a larger society, group effort.

Kickback from the baby boom is expected.

It is a phenomena we must expect.

A balance between the need for radical independence and the need to collaborate as a group must be established.

It probably won’t be easy, but must be addressed.

Jared, who was born with the Sun in Aquarius, -Happy Birthday, Jared! – embodies this need for change.

He is brave to introduce new ways of thinking and planning, especially in light of those who want status quo.

Miami is already dealing with the ocean rising.

California will more and more have to deal with it.

Hiding one’s head in the sand and embracing denial won’t change the facts.

Our children and grandchildren know that climate change needs to be addressed.

We should be embracing them and supporting them, to bring about change.

justsayin
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justsayin
3 months ago

How about a “Pave our streets” campaign first, especially in Arcata. This green silliness is just exactly that. Silliness.

D'Tucker Jebs
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3 months ago
Reply to  justsayin

Human-caused climate change is real.
That’s undeniable (although, yes, I know soe peope will still deny it.)
At some point the greed of the past several generations will have to change into concern for the next several generations.