DOT Says States Should Set Tailpipe Emissions Standards

Proposed rule would require reports on climate target progress.

The Department of Transportation announced Thursday it is proposing a rule to require that state transportation agencies set new targets for reducing tailpipe emissions on the national highway system.

The Department’s Federal Highway Administration said states will have flexibility “to set targets that work for their respective climate change policies and other policy priorities, so long as they are in line with the net-zero goals by 2050 set forth in this rule.”

States would also be required to report on their progress in meeting the targets under the proposed rule. Currently, state laws require 24 states and the District of Columbia to set targets and track their greenhouse gas emissions.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said the “approach gives states the flexibility they need to set their own emission reduction targets.”

President Biden has set an American target of achieving a 50-52 percent reduction from 2005 levels of economy-wide greenhouse gas pollution in 2030, a step toward reaching net-zero emissions economy-wide by no later than 2050.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Transportation Department officials as they seek to implement the president’s climate goals.
  • For Secretary Buttitgieg as he oversees the creation of regulations regarding vehicular emissions.

Sources: Automotive News, Reuters


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