Statement by Damon Porter, Global Automakers Director State Government Affairs
“The state of Connecticut’s decision to raid funds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to make up for budget shortfalls is shortsighted.
“Connecticut has committed to ambitious climate change goals as a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Mandate signatory state. RGGI funds should be used towards sustaining programs like the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate (CHEAPR) program.
“Automakers are making huge investments in green technologies, but a sustainable market for green vehicles can't be built by the automotive sector alone. Ongoing support from states is needed to help the market develop and thrive. It is a fact that vehicle rebates encourage car shoppers to consider environmentally-friendly vehicles.
“If Connecticut is serious about its commitments to the ZEV mandate it should be reflected in the state’s budget.”