The Benefits of Adopting the Clean Cars Program in Florida
Transportation produces roughly 42 percent of Florida’s global warming pollution. The Benefits of Adopting the Clean Cars Program in Florida explains how Florida could reduce global warming emissions from passenger vehicles by adopting California’s clean car standards. By requiring advanced-technology vehicles—including hybrid-electric and eventually hydrogen vehicles—and establishing global warming pollution standards, the clean cars program could begin to reduce Florida’s contribution to global warming.
Global warming poses significant threats to Florida, from more frequent and severe hurricanes, to extended droughts and heat waves, to coastal fl ooding from rising sea levels, all of which could seriously impact our quality of life, our environment and our economic prosperity.
Scientists have said we need to reduce the pollution that causes global warming by 80% over the next 50 years. Governor Crist has taken a bold fi rst step by laying out a plan that makes Florida a leader in that effort. One of the most important parts of that plan is to adopt the “Clean Cars Program,” which sets limits on global warming pollution from cars, light trucks and SUVs.
Transportation is Florida’s second largest source of carbon dioxide pollution—responsible for more than 42% of the state’s emissions in 2004. And because there are more cars on the road and people are driving more, the problem is only getting worse. The good news is that automakers can make cars that release less pollution, while offering us all the amenities and styles we are accustomed to.
Associate Director and Senior Policy Analyst, Frontier Group
Elizabeth Ridlington is associate director and senior policy analyst with Frontier Group. She focuses primarily on global warming, toxics, health care and clean vehicles, and has written dozens of reports on these and other subjects. Elizabeth graduated with honors from Harvard with a degree in government. She joined Frontier Group in 2002. She lives in Northern California with her husband and son.