Last December I wrote about the proposed Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), which would require wholesalers of gasoline and diesel in participating states to buy carbon credits to sell their fuel. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the TCI jurisdictions have adjusted their timeline for developing the program, and a final Memorandum of Understanding is now expected in the fall of 2020. TCI notes that work on the program details will continue, as will engagement with stakeholders.
Opponents to the TCI also want to keep momentum going. Websites like https://www.nonewpagastax.com/ highlight some of the immediate negative impacts that will be felt by the consumer, such as a potential price per gallon increase of $0.17-$0.31/gallon immediately, with automatic increases occurring every single year. Pennsylvania already has the second highest gas tax in the U.S., and if the TCI passes we can expect it to significantly rise once again.