Lamont has a solid environmental record, but luck played a role

Coming out of the 2021 legislative session and heading into a reelection year, Gov. Ned Lamont’s record on the existential issue of climate change threatened to be painfully thin.

What he mainly had to show for himself was his failure to pass the Transportation and Climate Initiative, or TCI. The plan was that TCI would address the persistently high motor vehicle emissions — major contributors to Connecticut’s ongoing inability to meet greenhouse gas emissions targets — and the equally persistent high smog levels produced from standard pollutants that have kept the state from meeting National Ambient Air Quality Standards for decades.

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