CLIMATE CRISIS COMMITTEE TO HOLD HEARING: “SAFELY, EFFICIENTLY AND EQUITABLY: TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS TO MOVE PEOPLE AND GOODS IN A DECARBONIZED ECONOMY”

WASHINGTON, DC — On Wednesday, July 22, 2020, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley will lead a hearing of the Special Committee on the Climate Crisis on transitioning to a carbon-free transportation sector. Witnesses will bring expertise in transportation justice, vehicle electrification, aviation, and freight to discuss the most effective policy solutions for transitioning this important sector.


The transportation sector has been the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States for the last four years, accounting for 28 percent of total emissions in 2018. U.S. transportation emissions have risen every year since 2012, and they are rising faster than any other sector. Rapidly transitioning the sector provides the opportunity to create high-quality American jobs, while at the same time ensuring that people and goods can move quickly, safely, and equitably. This is especially important as we look to rebuild our economy following the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  

WITNESSES:

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), hearing chair - Opening Statement

Vivian Satterfield, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Verde - Prepared Testimony
Jeff Allen, Executive Director, Forth - Prepared Testimony
Brad Schallert, Director, Carbon Market Governance and Aviation, World Wildlife Fund - Prepared Testimony
Rachel Muncrief, Deputy Director, International Council on Clean Transportation - Prepared Testimony

WHAT:   Hearing to address the climate benefits and economic opportunities created by decarbonizing the U.S. transportation system.

WHEN:   Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at 10:00am Eastern

WHERE:   Virtual via Webex. Live video of the hearing will be available at: www.facebook.com/SenateDemsClimate.

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