Republican Attorney Generals Sue White House, California Over Gas-Powered Truck Limits

A group of Republican attorneys general took legal action this week against the Biden administration and California over new emissions limits for trucks.

Nebraska Attorney General Mike Hilgers is leading the group of attorneys general who filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to overturn an Environmental Protection Agency rule limiting truck emissions.

“There’s not one trucking charging station in the state of Nebraska,” Hilgers told reporters. “Trying to take that industry, which was built up over decades with diesel and fossil fuels-based infrastructure, and transforming it to an electric-based infrastructure – it’s probably not feasible.”

Hilgers said the EPA and California rules “will devastate the trucking and logistics industry, raise prices for customers, and impact untold number of jobs across Nebraska and the country.”

EPA officials claim the emissions standards will help “clean up some of the nation’s largest sources of planet-warming greenhouse gases.”

In March 2024, American Faith reported a 2022 study from Emission Analytics suggesting that electric vehicles (EVs) produce more emissions has reappeared following the push to reduce gas-powered cars.

Emission Analytics found that tire wear creates the most pollution, suggesting that the heavier the vehicle, the greater the emission content.

The study found that tire wear emissions are 1,850 times greater than tailpipe emissions and increase if the driver accelerates or brakes aggressively.

“The excess emissions under aggressive driving should alert us to a risk with BEVs: greater vehicle mass and torque delivered can lead to rapidly increasing tire particulate emissions,” Emissions Analytics wrote. “Half a tonne of battery weight can result in tire emissions that are almost 400 more times greater than real-world tailpipe emissions, everything else being equal.”