Lamont: Multistate climate bill joins tolls in the dustbin for 2022

Now, rising gasoline prices, the flood of pandemic relief and infrastructure money and the 2022 elections have made any thought of tolls or thee climate measure politically impossible. Lamont in an interview late Monday night after returning from President Joe Biden’s signing of the $1 trillion infrastructure bill outside the White House, said that the Transportation Climate Initiative – based on the model of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative cap-and-trade system in which polluters pay for their emissions, will be left out of his agenda for the 2022 legislative session. This past spring the TCI plan was turned down by Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, over the requests of Lamont and Katie Dykes, commissioner of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Neither chamber brought the bill to a vote despite strong Democratic majorities.

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