The Biden administration on Thursday unveiled a draught rule that would call for cities and states to set goals for cutting transportation-related carbon emissions.
In accordance with the proposed regulation, state transportation agencies and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) whose boundaries include portions of the National Highway System must measure their transportation-related emissions and set reduction goals.
This would expand on current laws that call on those organizations to monitor other types of air pollutants. The largest single source of carbon emissions is transportation.
State departments of transportation and MPOs would also have to report twice a year on how well they are doing at attaining their emissions targets under the parameters of the regulation. The idea says it would let states and towns choose which targets “are appropriate for their communities and… work for their various climate change and other policy agendas” because there are no specified standards for the goals.
In a statement, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said, “With today’s decision, we are taking a crucial step forward in solving transportation’s share of the climate challenge, and we don’t have a second to waste.” “Our approach allows states the flexibility they need to set their own emission reduction goals while giving them money from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to fulfill those goals and safeguard their communities,” the statement reads.
Just under $6.5 billion from the bipartisan infrastructure measure that President Biden signed into law in November will go toward assisting municipal and state governments in lowering emissions from highways. The recipients must create an emissions reduction strategy in order to get the cash, which was announced in April.
Lena Moffitt, chief of staff at Evergreen Action, characterized the idea as “a strong move to ensuring states drive down greenhouse gas pollution from the greatest climate-polluting sector of our economy” in a statement on Thursday.
She stated, “We are heartened to see the Department of Transportation (DOT) taking necessary action in accordance with Evergreen’s recommendations to ensure investments in America’s 21st-century transportation infrastructure can be deployed in a way that will help deliver on President Biden’s climate commitments.
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