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Nebraska attorney general, along with 23 other states, files lawsuit against EPA e-trucking rule

The lawsuit argues that the rule exceeds the EPA’s authority.

Published: May 13, 2024 6:45pm

Nebraska Attorney General Mike Hilgers is leading a 24-state lawsuit against the Biden administration’s electric trucking rule.

The lawsuit argues that the rule exceeds the EPA’s authority.

As with the electric vehicle mandate that limits the total emissions an automaker’s production lines are allowed, the EPA’s heavy truck rule doesn’t mandate electric trucks. However, other technologies, such as hydrogen fuel cells, have larger infrastructure challenges than the charging infrastructure, as Kelley Blue Book reported, meaning transitioning to electric trucks will be the easiest route to compliance.

“This effort — coming at a time of heightened inflation and with an already-strained electrical grid — will devastate the trucking and logistics industry, raise prices for customers, and impact untold number of jobs across Nebraska and the country,” Hilgers said in a statement emailed to Just the News.

In a separate lawsuit, Nebraska, 16 other states, and the Nebraska Trucking Association are challenging the Advanced Clean Fleets, a suite of rules coming out of California, which requires certain trucking fleet owners and operators to retire internal-combustion trucks and transition to more expensive and less efficient electric trucks.

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