Industry groups sue over Biden clean car rule

By Lesley Clark | 06/13/2024 06:23 AM EDT

Oil, gas and biofuels groups say the regulation attempts to ”reverse-engineer an electric vehicle mandate.”

An officer directs traffic at Love Field Airport in Dallas.

An officer directs traffic at Love Field Airport in Dallas. LM Otero/AP

Oil and gas interests, auto dealers, and corn growers are asking a federal appeals court to block the Biden administration’s new tailpipe emissions rule for passenger cars and trucks, saying it will force gas-powered vehicles off the road.

Three industry coalitions — led by the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, the American Petroleum Institute and U.S. biofuel producers — will file suit Thursday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

At issue in their challenge is EPA’s vehicle emissions rule for model years 2027 to 2032, which marks the strongest-ever tailpipe emissions clampdown. The groups argue that the regulation exceeds the agency’s authority.


“We are confident the court will agree that Congress has not authorized EPA to effectively ban the sale of new gas and diesel cars and overhaul the U.S. economy in such a major way,” said AFPM President and CEO Chet Thompson. “We support the continued drive to make our cars and trucks cleaner and more efficient, but EPA must set standards lawfully.”