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Clean Tea

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. SPECTER. Mr. President, I have sought recognition to comment on my cosponsorship of the Clean, Low-Emission, Affordable, New Transportation Efficiency Act, CLEAN TEA.

This bill, which I introduced along with Senator Carper, would establish a fund for transportation initiatives designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The fund would be supported by 10 percent of the proceeds of any future cap-and-trade system established by Congress to address the issue of climate change. The funding could be used by States and local planning organizations for the development of projects such as rail, transit, transit-oriented land use and other initiatives designed to reduce emissions from the transportation sector. It is important to note, however, that the bill is not focused solely on providing alternatives to auto use. Highway operational improvements such as demand management programs and intelligent transportation systems would also be eligible if they reduce emissions by utilizing highway capacity in a more efficient manner.

These are important steps in lowering our Nation's greenhouse gas emissions, reducing our dependence on foreign oil and promoting transportation mobility. Since transportation accounts for one-third of greenhouse gas emissions, it stands to reason that revenue generated from a cap-and-trade system should be devoted to creating a more sustainable transportation future.

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