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California Hit With Legal Challenge Over Proposed Ban on Diesel Trucks

California is reportedly being challenged by a coalition of seventeen red states over regulations that prohibit the sale of new diesel vehicles by 2036.

The legal action, spearheaded by Nebraska, contends that California’s Advanced Clean Fleets mandate for “zero emission vehicles” by 2036 and regulations on internal-combustion trucks are in violation of federal law and will affect the entire nation.

The lawsuit contends that the regulations will impede interstate transportation, disrupt supply chains, and increase product prices.

“In a stunning gambit that both violates the constitution and threatens our nation’s economic security, an agency of the State of California has attempted to override federal law and arrogate to itself the power to ban internal-combustion engines in medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. This attempted ban contravenes controlling law while defying real-world reality and burdening American families and businesses, already suffering from high inflation, with even more costs.” the lawsuit reads.

In addition to the Arizona State Legislature and the Nebraska Trucking Association, the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming filed suit in the proceeding.

The lawsuit was submitted in the Eastern District of California U.S. District Court.

Attorney General of Nebraska Mike Hilgers has filed a second lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency in relation to the agency’s regulations governing heavy-duty vehicle exhaust emissions standards.

Critics contend that these regulations operationally target conventional trucks with the intention of compelling automakers to produce and market electric vehicles.

Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and South Carolina all filed lawsuits against the EPA. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit was presented with the lawsuit.

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