Apr 21 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration announcement today that it will unlock $6.4 billion to help states reduce carbon emissions through the new Carbon Reduction Program, a program authored by Senator Carper in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Senator Carper’s Carbon Reduction Program will help states develop carbon reduction strategies and address the climate crisis facing our nation. States can use the funds in this program to expand transportation options for American families that can help them save money on gas.
“I am so proud of the work we did to make the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law a reality—and I’m especially proud that we made sure our bill’s historic investment in our highways, roads, and bridges also included an unprecedented commitment to address climate in our transportation sector. The centerpiece of that climate focus is the Carbon Reduction Program that has been announced today,” said Senator Carper. “This program will enable the development of projects that will reduce emissions, create jobs, and help families save money at the pump. With Earth Day just around the corner, our announcement today takes a big step forward in making the investments we need to fight climate change and create a better planet for future generations. This is a win-win: good for our planet and good for our economy.”
“As the sector generating the most carbon emissions in the U.S. economy, transportation must play a leading role in solving the climate crisis,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “The Carbon Reduction Program will help reduce pollution from transportation and move us closer to the President’s ambitious goal of cutting emissions in half by 2030.”
The Carbon Reduction Program will fund a wide range of projects designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from on-road highway sources — from installing infrastructure to support the electrification of freight vehicles or personal cars, to constructing Bus Rapid Transit corridors, to facilitating micro-mobility and biking.