Red states sue Biden, California over climate rules for trucks

Source: By Lesley Clark, E&E News • Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Republican state attorneys general say that neither the federal government nor the Golden State has the authority to transform the auto industry.

Trucks on display at EPA.

Clean and electric trucks sit on display at an EPA event in 2022. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Republican-led states are challenging efforts by the Biden administration and California to cut tailpipe emissions from heavy duty trucks.

Twenty-four states on Monday asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to toss out EPA’s new climate regulation, and a separate coalition of 17 states and the Nebraska Trucking Association filed suit in federal court in California to block state regulations targeting trucking fleet owners and operators.

Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond said that the EPA rule “would force massive costs on commercial trucking that, in turn, will be passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices on anything and everything.”

The rule, which sets greenhouse gas emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles, would “upend the free market system by forcing companies to purchase electric trucks they clearly do not want,” Drummond said. “The resulting blow to the economy would be tremendous.”