Judge Strikes Down Biden

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(FeaturedNews.com) – In a notable legal development, a federal judge delivered a verdict against the Biden administration regarding a contentious highway climate regulation. This ruling unfolded on a Wednesday and has stirred discussions nationwide.

The regulation in question, promulgated by the Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration in December 2023, mandated that states quantify and disclose the greenhouse gas emissions stemming from vehicular traffic on the nation’s highways. Additionally, it required states to set and achieve progressively lower carbon dioxide emission targets, with regular reporting on their advancements.

The state of Texas, challenging this new directive, initiated legal proceedings against the Department of Transportation. The heart of the dispute was the legitimacy of the federal government’s authority to enforce such environmental mandates on states.

Presiding over the case, U.S. District Judge James Wesley Hendrix, appointed during Trump’s presidency, sided with Texas, declaring the regulation as overreaching and lacking legal foundation.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, at the time of the rule’s introduction, emphasized its importance. He noted that it aimed to provide a consistent and transparent method for states to monitor carbon pollution, offering them the autonomy to set their own environmental objectives.

However, the office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton countered, arguing that the Department of Transportation overstepped its legal boundaries with this rule. They claimed it breached the Administrative Procedure Act, criticizing it as arbitrary and an overreach of federal powers, particularly critiquing the way it dictated the use of federal funds for state-level environmental tracking.

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