July 21, 2024
Electric & Hybrid Cars

Fossil fuel and ethanol companies file lawsuit to halt Biden’s efforts to promote clean air and electric vehicles

The largest oil trade group in the nation, which includes Exxon Mobil and Chevron, has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block the Biden administration’s efforts to reduce emissions from cars and light trucks and promote electric vehicle manufacturing.

In March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued new rules on tailpipe emissions that are expected to push automakers to produce more electric vehicles to meet the standards. The administration forecasts that up to 56% of all car sales will be electric between 2030 and 2032.

The American Petroleum Institute (API) argues that the EPA has overstepped its authority with a regulation that could essentially eliminate most new gas cars and traditional hybrids from the market in less than a decade.

API’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Ryan Meyers, stated, “Today, we are taking action to protect American consumers, U.S. manufacturing workers, and our nation’s energy security from this intrusive government mandate.”

The lawsuit was filed in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, with the National Corn Growers Association, the American Farm Bureau Federation, and six auto dealers joining API as co-petitioners.

Both farm groups rely on gas-powered cars to support the corn-ethanol industry. National Corn Growers Association President Harold Wolle emphasized the benefits of corn ethanol in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fighting climate change.

Republican attorneys general from 25 states also sued the EPA in April to stop the same rules.

The regulations are significant environmental measures under President Biden, who has prioritized addressing climate change. However, the transition to electric vehicles has caused tension with the United Auto Workers, who have been hesitant to embrace it.

The U.S. auto industry has largely supported the new tailpipe standards, even though Biden reduced the target for electric vehicle adoption due to criticism from autoworkers.

Both Biden and his rival, Donald Trump, rely on support from industrial states like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, where there are concerns about job security in the face of the EV transition.

Trump has been vocal in his opposition to electric vehicles and has pledged to reverse the new tailpipe standards.


Q: What is the goal of the new tailpipe emission rules issued by the EPA?

A: The goal is to reduce emissions from cars and light trucks and promote the production of electric vehicles.


The dispute over the EPA’s new regulations reflects a broader debate on the transition to electric vehicles and the future of the automotive industry. The outcome of this lawsuit and the ongoing discussions surrounding environmental policies will have significant implications for the energy and transportation sectors.

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