The Michigan Corn Growers Association Has Signed a Petition to Overturn an EPA Rule | Latest News!

LANSING, Mich— In a petition challenging the EPA’s latest greenhouse gas (GHG) tailpipe emissions rule for cars and trucks, the Michigan Corn Growers Association (MCGA) joined five other state corn associations and other ethanol interest groups.

The petition specifically requests the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to overturn the EPA’s final GHG guidelines for passenger automobiles and light trucks. Despite their support for initiatives to reduce GHG emissions, corn farmers are averse to regulatory activities that aim to impose a single technical solution to reduce emissions. The GHG limits as drafted disregard the clean air advantage of renewable biofuels, effectively making electric vehicles mandatory.

“We have the ability and technology to help clean up our air and protect our ecosystem,” said Randy Poll, president of the Michigan Corn Growers Association. “Ethanol and other biofuels are currently accessible and might be utilized to reduce auto emissions significantly.” If the EPA is serious about achieving that goal, it should be open to all technologies rather than picking winners and losers at random.”

The corn association petitioners also argue that policies that ban technologies other than electric hinder innovation that could lead to significant, long-term change.

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The EPA’s unprecedented decision to overhaul the future of the US transportation industry, pronouncing electric vehicles the clear winner, has resulted in this issue.

The MCGA and its co-signers think that the EPA has overstepped its authority by phasing out liquid fuels unilaterally. EPA must recognize all paths to reduce GHG emissions from the transportation sector, including liquid fuels, in the absence of Congressional authority to redesign the fuel system.

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