We all know that Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is Biden’s golden boy, and just like his boss, he’s exceeded his authority.
Hidden behind an initiative to lower pollution, Buttigieg is issuing federal regulations to force states to limit the use of gas-powered vehicles.
“With today’s announcement, we are taking an important step forward in tackling transportation’s share of the climate challenge, and we don’t have a moment to waste,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Our approach gives states the flexibility they need to set their own emission reduction targets, while providing them with resources from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to meet those targets and protect their communities.”
To advance President Biden’s commitment to combat climate change and bring down costs for families, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for states and municipalities to track and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) makes available more than $27 billion in federal funding to help State Departments of Transportation (State DOTs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) meet their declining GHG targets. The new rule would take two important steps to combat climate change:
Establish a national framework for tracking state-by-state progress by adding a new GHG performance management measure to the existing FHWA national performance measures to help states track performance and make more informed investment decisions.
Create a flexible system under which State DOTs and MPOs would set their own declining targets for on-road greenhouse gas emissions from roadway travel on the National Highway System.
The rule is designed to force states to limit the use of gas-powered vehicles even though an electric vehicle now costs around $66,000.
It is expected that Buttigieg’s new regulations will be challenged because the federal government has no authority to regulate how many vehicles are on the road. However, the White House is rumored at some point to issue a climate emergency so they can use mandates to impose their agenda.
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