API, enviros sue over Biden fuel economy rules

By Lesley Clark | 06/26/2024 01:14 PM EDT

The lawsuit is the third the oil industry trade group has filed in recent weeks against the administration’s climate rules for vehicles.

Traffic inches along Interstate 270 in Clarksburg, Maryland.

Traffic inches along Interstate 270 in Clarksburg, Maryland. Carolyn Kaster/AP

The American Petroleum Institute is challenging the Biden administration’s latest rule for tailpipe emissions, arguing that the standard appears designed to phase out gas-powered vehicles.

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the oil industry group is seeking to strike down the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s fuel efficiency standard for model year 2027-2032 passenger cars and light-duty trucks.

The lawsuit comes as API this month has led two lawsuits challenging EPA tailpipe emissions standards for light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles.


“American consumers are now facing a slew of unreasonable vehicle mandates that will only restrict choices and make it harder to afford new cars and trucks at a time of persistent inflation,” said API Senior Vice President and general counsel Ryan Meyers.