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API and coalition partners file lawsuit to protect American consumers from EPA’s electric vehicle mandate

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — The American Petroleum Institute (API) today filed a lawsuit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) emissions standards for light- and medium-duty vehicles for the 2027-2032 model years.

“Today we are taking action to protect American consumers, American manufacturing workers, and our nation’s hard-won energy security from this intrusive government mandate,” API Senior Vice President and General Counsel Ryan Meyers he said. “The EPA has overstepped its authority in Congress by enacting a regulation that will eliminate most new gasoline-powered cars and traditional hybrid vehicles from the U.S. market in less than a decade. We look forward to presenting our case in court.”

The National Corn Growers Association, the American Farm Bureau Federation and a group of six auto dealers representing sixteen brands and collectively operating dozens of dealerships in major markets across the country join API as co-parties in today’s lawsuit. Car dealers include Mickey Andersonpresident and CEO of Baxter Auto Group; Thomas Maolipresident and CEO of Celebrity Motor Cars; Roger Elswickpresident and CEO of Community Auto Group; Steve Gatesowner of Gates Automotive Group; Philip Tarver, owner of Lake Charles Toyota; AND Bob Loquercioowner of Bob Loquercio Auto Group.

“By approving tailpipe standards that focus solely on electric vehicles, EPA ignored the proven benefits that corn ethanol plays in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change.” Minnesota farmer and president of the National Corn Growers Association Harold Wolle he said. “While it may take decades to put enough electric vehicles on the road to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ethanol is a critical and effective climate solution that is already available. We have tried unsuccessfully to take this matter to the EPA, and now we will take this case to court.”

“Farmers have answered the call to help America be more sustainable by growing the crops needed to produce renewable fuels. Now the rug is being pulled out from under them with unrealistic emissions targets that put years of investment at risk,” Zippy, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Duval said. “Impractical standards for light and medium trucks will drive up farm vehicle costs and force farmers to rely on a charging network that does not yet exist in rural areas.”

In March, the Biden administration finalized new federal emissions standards for light- and medium-duty vehicles that require 68% of new passenger vehicles and 43% of new medium-duty trucks and delivery vehicles to be electric by 2032.

API represents all segments of the U.S. natural gas and oil industry, which supports nearly 11 million U.S. jobs and is supported by a growing grassroots movement of millions of Americans. Our approximately 600 members produce, process, distribute and participate in most of the country’s energy API Energy Excellence®, which accelerates progress on environment and safety by supporting new technologies and transparent reporting. API was founded in 1919 as a standards-setting organization and has developed over 800 standards to improve operational and environmental safety, performance and sustainability.

SOURCE American Petroleum Institute