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Will “Polluter Pays” change how freight is moved?

Mid-America Freight Coalition 

Vermont has enacted a “polluter pays” legislative approach to emissions and climate change. Prompted by repeated flooding in Montpelier, the state passed legislation to charge oil companies for damages due to greenhouse gasses. According to the report, “Under the legislation, the Vermont state treasurer, in consultation with the Agency of Natural Resources, would provide a report by Jan. 15, 2026, on the total cost to Vermonters and the state from the emission of greenhouse gases from Jan. 1, 1995, to Dec. 31, 2024. The assessment would look at the effects on public health, natural resources, agriculture, economic development, housing, and other areas. The state would use federal data to determine the amount of covered greenhouse gas emissions attributed to a fossil fuel company.”

The report indicated that Maryland, Massachusetts and New York are considering similar measures.

While it is difficult to tell what if any impact this may have on freight fuels, it could speed adoption of alternatively fueled freight vehicles, or result in changes in fuel taxes for certain vehicle classes.

Link to Article – https://apnews.com/article/vermont-climate-change-superfund-oil-companies-b6565729f23e85eed4d3da44b04ae2e5

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