Climate Clips: June 2022 TPB meeting recap: Plan update, new climate goals approved

On June 15, the TPB approved the Visualize 2045 Long-Range Transportation Plan Update. In addition, the TPB adopted groundbreaking on-road transportation sector greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals of 50 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 and 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050.

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Bethesda Magazine
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Funds for Climate Justice Flow to Groups Around the U.S.
AP News
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U.S. Retreats From Pledge to End Gas Investments
E&E News
Dozens of countries rallied around phasing out fossil fuel financing during global climate negotiations seven months ago. Yesterday, those efforts were weakened by the world’s most powerful economies.