New Highway Emission Rules Released by Administration

Some senators voice opposition to the climate agenda rules.

On Thanksgiving eve, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released a set of new highway regulations dealing with emissions. Under the new rules, state and local transportation agencies must establish targets for greenhouse gas reduction for federally-funded highway projects.  

Senator Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia called the rules “federal overreach to advance a misguided climate agenda.“ She continued, “The final rule, which imposes the performance measure and the requirement to set greenhouse gas targets on state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations (MPO), is just one more example of these harmful regulations.” 

Senator Capito said that the FHWA does not have the authority to impose the mandate and “is ignoring the letter of the law to finalize a rule that hampers the ability of state DOTs and MPOs to address the transportation needs of their constituents.” 

Senator Kevin Cramer of North Dakota said the rule is “fundamentally unworkable” in rural states. 

An FHWA spokesperson said, “We prioritized making vast resources within the Biden-Harris administration’s bipartisan infrastructure law available to states ahead of asking states to set greenhouse gas emissions targets and measure their progress.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For members of Congress as they seek to clarify the scope of the legislation they passed.
  • For Administrator Shailen Bhatt to be prudent as he heads the FHWA and mandates the regulations.
  • For the transportation secretary and department officials as they oversee taxpayer funded infrastructure projects around the nation.

Sources: Daily Caller, Washington Post 

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