Biofuels groups sue over Biden vehicle emission rule

By Marc Heller | 06/18/2024 01:06 PM EDT

The lawsuit seeks to give ethanol producers and farmers a “strong and independent voice” in legal proceedings over EPA rules.

Traffic on a Los Angeles-area freeway during evening rush hour.

Traffic on a Los Angeles-area freeway during rush hour. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

The biofuel industry is pushing back in court against the Biden administration’s drive toward vehicle electrification.

On Monday, the Renewable Fuels Association and the National Farmers Union filed a legal challenge against EPA’s new emission standards for light- and medium-weight passenger vehicles. Their lawsuit joins a litany of other challenges against the rules in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

The lawsuit says EPA overstepped its authority by essentially mandating electric vehicles — even though some liquid fuels also achieve significant emission reductions, and the production of EV batteries has emission-related impacts of its own.


“By relying on the false premise that battery electric vehicles have ‘zero emissions’ and no impact on the climate, the regulation essentially forces automakers to swiftly ramp up the production of EVs and phase out liquid-fueled vehicles that could actually deliver the same — or better — emissions reductions,” said Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper in a news release.