Green legislation continues to be on the minds of lawmakers in state legislatures across the US, as hundreds of bills relating to clean energy have been proposed over the last year. The final tax bill President Trump signed in December contained several tax incentives for renewable energy, including the $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit. Of course, countries around the world have much more appealing EV subsidies than the US as part of goals of zero auto emissions.
According to the Department of Energy, 3.38 million Americans were employed in the clean energy sector, which is 10% more than the 2.99 million employed in fossil fuels. A confluence of agencies and initiatives are tackling green legislation for transportation and other energy sectors, whether the Trump administration admits the need or not. So this week on the “Gas2 Week in Review,” we look at some of those efforts and the consequences they’re likely to have over the next few years on our transportation and energy consumption.
US Cities Sue Major Fossil Fuel Industrial Polluters
New York City, which is the largest US city, is suing BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, and Royal Dutch Shell, arguing that these companies are directly responsible for climate change as the world’s largest industrial polluters. The lawsuit claims, additionally, that these companies lead public relations strategy for the entire fossil fuel industry in downplaying the risks of climate change and promoting fossil fuel use despite the risks. “This lawsuit is based on the claim that a corporation that makes a product causing severe harm when used exactly as intended should shoulder the costs of abating that harm,” the city said in the complaint. Several California municipalities — San Francisco, Oakland, San Mateo, Imperial Beach, and Marin — previously filed suits against the oil industry over the environmental impact of fossil fuels.
Earlier this month, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo pledged to combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and by growing the clean energy economy.