The Battle Begins: Oil and Corn Groups Unite to Challenge Biden’s Tailpipe Emissions Rules

The Battle Begins: Oil and Corn Groups Unite to Challenge Biden's Tailpipe Emissions Rules

The Wall Street – The main U.S. oil and corn industry lobby groups announced on Tuesday that they were suing President Joe Biden’s administration over its plans to reduce climate-warming tailpipe emissions from automobiles and trucks, claiming that the restrictions will harm the economy.

This spring, the United States Environmental Protection Agency finalized new restrictions for semi-trucks, buses, and other heavy-duty vehicle models issued between 2027 and 2032, with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 1 billion tons by 2055.

In a different set of criteria, it also issued restrictions to lower emissions from autos and other light- and medium-duty vehicles. According to administration projections, between 2030 and 2032 up to 56% of all automobile sales must be electric.

Just a few days after filing a separate federal lawsuit against the EPA over its light and medium duty vehicle regulations, the American Petroleum Institute (API) the leading oil and gas lobby group in the United States and a member of Exxon Mobil, announced on Tuesday that it was suing the agency over its truck regulations.

Regarding Tuesday’s lawsuit, Ryan Meyers, senior vice president and general counsel of API, stated, “The EPA is forcing a switch to technology that simply does not presently exist for these kinds of vehicles – and even if it were someday possible it will almost certainly have consequences for your average American.”

The American Farm Bureau Federation, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, and the National Corn Growers Association said on Tuesday that they had joined the lawsuit claiming the government was giving up on biofuels.

Biden’s Said,

President Harold Wolle of the National maize Growers Association said, “EPA has tried to impose a one-size-fits-all approach to addressing climate change by prioritizing electric vehicles over other climate remedies like corn ethanol.” When contacted for comment, the EPA did not reply right away.

The measures are a key component of Biden’s larger goal to decarbonize the US by the middle of the next century, as transportation accounts for over 25% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.

A lawsuit contesting the EPA’s light and medium duty vehicle rules was filed on Monday by the National Farmers Union and the Renewable Fuels Association, two significant ethanol advocacy groups, adding their voices to the legal battles to the tailpipe limits.

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