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In short:

  • The U.S. has allocated more than $70 billion of the infrastructure bill to road improvements, which may increase car usage and congestion.
  • Only a fifth of the infrastructure funding has been dedicated to public transit, with the remainder also supporting car infrastructure.
  • Critics label this spending as a 'climate time bomb,' projecting more than 178 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 due to highway expansions.

Key quote:

"We’re seeing investments that are not too conscious of the climate across the board from states,"

— Corrigan Salerno, policy associate at Transportation for America

Why this matters:

The funding decisions made under the current infrastructure bill could significantly shape U.S. environmental and health outcomes, by potentially increasing transport-related emissions. This situation underscores a critical moment for the nation to address its climate goals and reconsider transportation policies for a healthier future.

Be sure to read EHN’s piece: Pollution from busy roads may delay kids’ development.

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