Biden’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rule for Vehicles Struck Down by Texas Judge

Judge James Hendrix said the Biden administration lacked authority under law to impose the gas emissions rule.

The Epoch Times
By Katabella Roberts 3/29/2024 Updated: 3/31/2024

A judge in Texas has struck down a Biden administration rule that required states to measure and report the greenhouse gas emissions from any vehicles using the national highway system.

The rule, struck down on March 28, was issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)’s Federal Highway Administration in 2023 as part of President Biden’s efforts to slash carbon emissions in half by 2030.

Specifically, it required state transportation departments and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to both measure their transportation-related emissions on the U.S. highway system and set their own emission reduction targets.

Additionally, the measure required state DOTs and MPOs to report every two years on their progress in meeting the declining targets. The Federal Highway Administration would also assess the state’s progress toward achieving those targets, according to the rule.

Texas sued the DOT in December 2023, arguing that the agency lacked legal authority from Congress to enact the rule and that it violates the Administrative Procedure Act.

In his ruling, Judge James Hendrix of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas agreed, stating that the Biden administration lacked authority under law to impose the greenhouse gas emissions performance measure. Read more