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Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird is joining lawsuits challenging new truck standards that she says are unfairly pushing the industry toward electric vehicle adoption.

During a news conference Tuesday at the Housby Company in Ankeny, Bird announced that Iowa has joined a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and 14 other states, as well as the Arizona State Legislature and the Nebraska Trucking Association. The lawsuit challenges a 2023 California regulation called “Advanced Clean Fleets,” enforced by the California Air Resources Board. The regulation bans combustion engines in medium and heavy vehicles by 2045, with sales of larger diesel vehicles ending in 2036.

Bird argues that California’s mandate will mean that truck fleets — even those owned by companies outside California — will consist of electric vehicles by 2042. The rule would increase trucking companies’ costs, she said, which in turn would result in higher costs. costs for consumers. She also criticized the ineffectiveness and high cost of currently available electric trucks, saying that mandating the use of electric vehicles will negatively impact trucking companies’ ability to meet the needs of the U.S. supply chain.

“Who here has seen an electric semi-truck?” Bird said, “Not many Iowans have done that. Biden and California’s radical green dream is unrealistic and out of touch – a fantasy.”

Bird said that “unlike California, Iowa knows that without truck drivers, America would come to a standstill,” and that the lawsuit “sends a loud and clear message that in Iowa we support our truck drivers.”

Bird was joined by Scott Szymanek, chairman of the Iowa Motor Truck Association and president and chief financial officer of Stutsman, Inc., and by Dale Decker, CEO of Decker Truck Line. Speaking on behalf of the trucking association, Szymanek said California’s rules are “unrealistic” for the trucking industry, echoing Bird’s message that the rules are not feasible with current electric vehicle technology.

“To be clear, the trucking industry is not against battery electric vehicles,” he said. “Many fleets are testing them and initial results are mixed at best. What is abundantly clear to early adopters of this technology is that the barriers to widespread adoption are enormous and undeniable. The goals and timelines imposed by the EPA and CARB are not possible.”

Bird has also joined a lawsuit calling for a review of new tailpipe emissions limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency for heavy-duty vehicles. Opponents of the restrictions say they would essentially push manufacturers to produce more electric trucks.

While Szymanek opposed the new state and federal rules, he said the trucking industry has made “tremendous progress” in reducing negative environmental impacts, pointing to lower pollution from nitrogen oxides and particulate matter and the success of reducing CO2 emissions through ‘Clean Burn’ diesel trucks.

“We know how important this effort is,” Szymanek said. However, smart, pragmatic and technology-neutral policies will enable a range of low-carbon fuel sources that provide a necessary bridge to get us to a zero-emissions future – but the EPA’s dogmatic hyper-fixation on battery-electric vehicles as the only technological solution is simply a bad environmental and economic policy.

He said efforts to take government actions that prioritize electric vehicles will make it more difficult for the trucking industry to pursue other emissions reduction strategies, such as a move to alternative fuel sources such as biofuel and ethanol.

At Tuesday’s press conference, Bird also discussed her Monday trip to New York, where she voiced her support for defendant Donald Trump amid the ongoing criminal trial of the former president over alleged hush money payments.

Although Bird did not directly answer questions about how the trip was funded, the Des Moines Register reported that the trip came at the invitation of the Republican Attorney Generals Association and that the organization paid the travel expenses.

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