Farmers and drillers unite in lawsuit against Biden’s EPA electric car mandate


The American Petroleum Institute and other trade groups have sued the Biden Administration to stop a new set of regulations that created new emission standards for gas-powered vehicles.

The EPA finalized its regulation in March, which will end the sale of most new gas-powered vehicles by 2032.

“Today, we are taking action to protect American consumers, U.S. manufacturing workers and our nation’s hard-won energy security from this intrusive government mandate,” API Senior Vice President and General Counsel Ryan Meyers said. “EPA has exceeded its congressional authority with this regulation that will eliminate most new gas cars and traditional hybrids from the U.S. market in less than a decade. We look forward to making our case in court.”

The National Corn Growers Association, American Farm Bureau Federation and a group of six auto dealers representing 16 brands and collectively operating dozens of dealerships in major markets across the country join API as co-petitioners in today’s lawsuit. The auto dealers include Mickey Anderson, president and CEO of Baxter Auto Group; Thomas Maoli, president and CEO of Celebrity Motor Cars; Roger Elswick, president and CEO of Community Auto Group; Steve Gates, owner of Gates Automotive Group; Phillip Tarver, owner of Lake Charles Toyota; and Bob Loquercio, owner of Bob Loquercio Auto Group. 

“By approving tailpipe standards that focus exclusively on electric vehicles, EPA has ignored the proven benefits corn ethanol plays in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combatting climate change,” Minnesota farmer and National Corn Growers Association President Harold Wolle said. “While it could take decades to get enough electric vehicles on the road to significantly lower GHG emissions, ethanol is a critical and effective climate solution that is available now. We have tried to make this case to EPA to no avail, and now we will make our case in court.”  

“Farmers answered the call to help America be more sustainable by growing the crops necessary for renewable fuels. Now, the rug is being pulled out from underneath them with unrealistic emissions goals that put years of investment at risk,” American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said. “Impractical standards for light-duty and medium-duty trucks will drive up the cost of farm vehicles 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 vehicle emissions standards for light- and medium-duty vehicles that require 68% of new passenger vehicles and 43% of new medium-duty trucks and vans to be electric by 2032.


  1. Oil prices are dropping which is why oil companies are against renewables, not good for their business. Toyota hybrids have met the new 51/mpg standard for many years. Putting heavily subsidized corn flakes into gas tanks has never made economic sense

    • That is BS, Frank. All these mandates are doing is loading the economy with more costs, putting ineffective vehicles on the road, and exacerbating the inflation people already are dealing with in their lives. The amount of fuel burned by vehicles is nothing compared to the billions of gallons of aviation fuel burned every day. The only real renewable is hydroelectric power and that has been the case for hundreds of years. Electric cars, wind turbines and solar power are all net negative with respect to cost per kWh. They are NOT renewable. They wear out and have to be disposed of and you want to talk about subsidy? You never see a gas station built by the government but the printing presses are in overdrive providing subsidy for all the failed alternative crap and electric car charging stations.

  2. Sounds like Alaska should get on this bandwagon since electric cars are useless in rural Alaska. There is no 4 wheel drive electric vehicles and very few charging stations in the state. When is Mary going to demand electric fishing boats?

  3. A lithium battery contains 0.5 MJ per kg, gasoline has 46 MJ per kg. Coal, to produce the electricity for EV, has 24-31 MJ per kg, depending on the type. There is no comparison. Electric vehicles are as fantastic as unicorn farts and fairy dust, pushed only for the purpose of removing freedom of movement from the unwashed masses.

    • But… the science is settled… right?
      Another way of looking at it, materials to replace the existing fleet of gas/diesel vehicles.
      Is there enough lithium to create the batteries for that size fleet? Nope.
      Is there enough copper for the motors and other wiring? Nope.
      So… how exactly are we going to convert to electric, when there is not enough lithium or copper on the planet to support it?

  4. Ethanol is absolutely the stupidest government mandated product ever. It is horridly inefficient to make, uses massive amounts of water, requires extra engineer in motors because it’s corrosive to seals, takes more energy to produce than it generates, and inflates corn prices. It is a waste of resources that could be better spent lowering food prices for families, and reducing wasteful government spending.

  5. From which sources will the government confiscate the funds for the additional massive increase in subsidies? They are already at an official 124% debt to GDP ratio, 250% debt to GDP ratio when government spending is removed from the inflated GDP calculations. Mass chaos and impoverishment is close at hand making these mandates moot.

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