Electric Vehicle Battle Goes To The Supreme Court

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(TargetLiberty.org) – This week the case brought forward by the opponents of the electric car targets in California brought their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The state’s rules are aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of the efforts to fight climate change. 

The rules in California have long been opposed by corn growers, industry associations, and energy companies in the state. California is the only state to have requested a waiver from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which allows it to set its own regulations on vehicle emissions which are far stricter than the federal ones.

The EPA has allowed the exception as the state is the country’s most populous state which has to deal with the high number of vehicles and certain geography issues which make smog a worse problem than it is in other states. 

Other states have been given the right to also follow the tailpipe emission rules of the state, which automakers tend to abide by as they don’t want to be producing vehicles exclusively for the different states. 

On Tuesday Valero Energy Corp’s Diamond Alternative Energy and other plaintiffs stated in their request that the EPA’s grant of a waiver for the Advanced Clean Car program has allowed the state to be working as a “quasi-federal regulator” when it relates to climate change. 

California Governor Gavin Newsom has been pushing for his state to be viewed as a leader in climate change. 

The Supreme Court is called to look at the request at a time when different farming, oil, trucking, and other business associations have been suing to block California’s rules. 

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