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Transportation and Climate Change Clearinghouse

Federal Programs Directory

Federal Programs Related to Transportation and Climate Change

There are a variety of on-going programs carried out by different Federal agencies. Many of these programs have direct and indirect beneficial impacts on greenhouse gas emissions, as well as other types of pollution from transportation.

Non-DOT Programs

Clean Air Act
Since the 1950's, the science community has been aware that vehicle exhaust fumes play a major role in the deterioration of air quality in urban areas. This knowledge has led to widespread state and Federal regulatory activity, eventually leading to the passage of the Clean Air Act (CAA) in 1970.
Clean Air Act: Historical Information on EPA's Process for Reviewing California Waiver Requests and Making Waiver Determinations. GAO-09-249R. (Jan. 2009) (PDF 185kb)
United States Government Accountability Office
FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership
U.S. Department of Energy
The FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership examines the pre-competitive, high-risk research needed to develop the component and infrastructure technologies necessary to enable a full range of affordable cars and light trucks, and the fueling infrastructure for them that will reduce the dependence of the nation's personal transportation system on imported oil and minimize harmful vehicle emissions, without sacrificing freedom of mobility and freedom of vehicle choice.
Vehicle Technologies Program
U.S. Department of Energy
The Vehicle Technologies Program is developing more energy efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will enable the U.S. to use less petroleum. The long-term aim is to develop "leap frog" technologies that will provide Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment.

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