Blue states defend Biden’s truck rule in court

Source: By Lesley Clark, E&E News • Posted: Monday, May 27, 2024

“We cannot let groundless claims derail our prompt action against this climate crisis,” said California’s attorney general.

A line of trucks drive through the Port of Oakland on March 31 in Oakland, Calif.

Trucks drive through Oakland, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A coalition of mostly Democratic-led states and cities are coming to the defense of a Biden administration rule that slashes tailpipe emissions from heavy-duty trucks.

Twenty-three states and four cities Thursday asked to get involved in a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit brought by Republican-led states against EPA’s new climate regulation.

“States have a compelling interest in these standards because they are a crucial element of urgently needed measures to mitigate the substantial and growing adverse effects of climate change and criteria pollution in their states,” the blue state coalition told the court.

EPA has said the rule — which covers vehicles like garbage trucks and tractor-trailers — is the strongest-ever standard for the sector and will prevent 1 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions by 2055, as well as millions of tons of soot and other air pollutants.