For Immediate Release
April 2, 2024


Statement from FDOT Secretary Jared W. Perdue, P.E. on Federal Courts in Kentucky and Texas Striking Down USDOT's Unlawful Rule Forcing States to Track Drivers' Tailpipe Emissions

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Secretary Jared W. Perdue, P.E. issued the following statement following two separate Federal Court decisions that ruled in favor of twenty-two states, including Florida, who sued the federal government to block the implementation of the unlawful greenhouse gas emissions program.

"Florida is glad to see both Texas and Kentucky federal courts rule against federal overreach by striking down USDOT's Rule forcing state DOTs and local partners to allegedly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by way of tracking drivers' tail pipe emissions. We've been clear for over a year that USDOT overstepped its legal authority by promulgating this Rule. Floridians have no desire for the government to track what they drive, where they drive, and how often they drive. Florida will continue to stand up for our freedoms and ensure Federal Green New Deal initiatives don't impact Floridians.”

The greenhouse gas emissions tracking program, which Congress removed from consideration before voting on and passing the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), was unlawfully implemented by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in an attempt to circumvent congressional intent and force states to set arbitrary goals to track tailpipe emissions. 

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