Why Clean Transport?
Transportation is responsible for 30-40 percent of carbon pollution in most states, as well as the majority of smog-forming toxic air pollutants and a significant fraction of particulates (soot). The environmental and health impacts of transportation have been disproportionately concentrated in low-income and disadvantaged communities, who live near roads or transport hubs. The toxic air pollutants emitted by transportation activity are responsible for thousands of premature deaths in California each year and millions worldwide. In addition to toxic air pollution, the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases emitted from the transportation sector contribute to extreme weather events, drought, ecosystem collapse, crop failure, sea level rise, and ocean acidification.
Clean, sustainable transportation systems can effectively minimize these negative impacts while preserving the benefits of a fast, reliable, affordable transportation system. Many sustainable transportation technologies provide benefits in addition to reduced emissions. Electric vehicles can help the electrical grid accommodate variable sources of renewable energy like wind and solar, or even use their batteries as storage capacity to help the grid meet peaks in demand. Biofuels can help support rural development, improve soil quality, and yield a variety of useful byproducts in addition to fuel. Walkable and bikeable neighborhoods increase land value, improve public health, and build strong communities.
NextGen Climate America supports the rapid deployment of sustainable transportation technologies such as electric vehicles, hybrids, sustainable biofuels, mass transit, and nonmotorized transportation. We promote sustainable, transit-oriented development and biofuels which minimize impacts on natural ecosystems and the food supply. Our work helps ensure that transportation and energy policies are based on sound, unbiased science. Additionally, we serve as a resource to community groups, policy makers, and the media to help inform the critical debate over sustainable transportation. We conduct and support policy-relevant research and promote it to maximize its impact.