The law signed last November provided more than $27 billion to help states and municipalities meet their emissions reduction goals. This includes $6.4 billion for the Carbon Reduction Program, which would provide funding to help states and municipalities develop strategies and fund projects to reduce emissions from roadside sources.
The Department of Transportation also highlighted other programs, including $5 billion to build a national electric vehicle charging network, $7.2 billion for pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, and $250 million to reduce congestion in metropolitan areas.
Currently, 24 states and the District of Columbia have already set greenhouse gas reduction goals under state law. Federal Highways Assistant Administrator Stephanie Pollack said the rule was intended to “bring this locally proven approach to a national scale.”
Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Thomas R. Carper said the proposed rule “would meet the original intent of Congress for performance management and improve the operation of our highway programs.”
However, prominent committee member West Virginia Republican Shelley Moore Capito said that while the bill includes provisions to address the climate, it does not give the executive the power to establish that requirement. of declaration.