I spend a lot of time debating, amending and passing legislation in Hartford. I’m proud of that work, and especially proud of bills that address the existential crisis posed by climate change. But all that effort can feel pointless when the laws we pass aren’t properly enforced.
There’s no better example than the issue of idling. Connecticut statutes prohibit the idling of vehicles for more than three minutes, barring extreme weather. This is an important regulation, as more than a third of carbon emissions in Connecticut come from transportation outputs like vehicle exhaust. As you may know, studies have linked pollution from vehicles to increased rates of cancer, heart and lung disease, asthma, and allergies.