Minnesota Soybean Farmers and service stations are suing Governor Walz over the state’s adoption of California’s clean car rules instead of following federal guidelines.
At least 17 states have already modeled their emission standards after California’s.
The clean car rule has already withstood a challenge from the Minnesota Auto Dealers Association in State court, but a new lawsuit in federal court is uniting the Minnesota service station and convenience store association and the soybean growers association in opposition.
They argue that the rule will hurt farmers by lowering the need for liquid fuels.
Climate change is an existential threat, but the concern is that the state’s action will accelerate the transition to electric vehicles faster than the market is demanding.
The governor stands behind the rule change and points to commitments from auto makers.
The Minnesota Auto Dealers Association has announced that they are appealing their case in opposition to this rule to the Minnesota Supreme Court.