August 17, 2016 11:50 AM, EDT

‘EPA Is Going Too Far’ With New Greenhouse-Gas Rule, Rep. Graves Says

Office of Rep. Sam Graves

New regulations unveiled Aug. 16 calling on heavy-duty truck makers to reduce emissions is the latest example of the Obama administration’s extreme regulatory agenda, a senior House Republican told Transport Topics.

"Like we’ve seen so many times under this administration, the EPA is going too far to force an extreme agenda on this country,” Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), Highways and Transit Subcommittee chairman, said a day after the rule was announced.

“The market should drive fuel-efficient technologies, not costly regulations from bureaucrats in Washington," Graves added, "and the agency’s refusal to acknowledge the negative effect they are having on the private sector negates any potential benefits from this rule.”

In the coming months, Graves said, he intends to work with tax-writing policymakers on Capitol Hill to come up with a long-term funding program for national transportation programs. The latest rule on truck emissions will loom over that effort.

With a few months left in office, the administration unveiled a rule requiring heavy-duty trucks to reduce their emissions. The mandate is meant to help save 1.1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases through the final rollout in 2027, Obama’s chief environment and transportation officers said.