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Farmers, gas stations sue Gov. Tim Walz over Minnesota Clean Cars rule

Cutting demand for gasoline and liquid fuels will hurt Minnesota businesses, plaintiffs argue


March 16, 2023

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune file

In 2021, Gov. Tim Walz toured a factory that makes components for electric vehicles as part of an event announcing Minnesota's new clean car rules. The rules face a new legal challenge from farmers and gas stations.

Though they have yet to take effect, Minnesota's "clean cars" standards to limit climate pollution from tailpipes are under legal assault.

A coalition of soybean farmers, gas stations, convenience stores and ethanol industry players has sued Gov. Tim Walz and state pollution regulators in federal court saying the requirements violate federal law and will damage their business.

Minnesota can't regulate vehicle fuel economy beyond federal standards, even if California was granted a federal waiver to do so, the plaintiffs argue in the lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Minnesota. They claim Minnesota's more stringent emissions standards will significantly cut demand for liquid fuel and hurt gas stations, along with the state's significant ethanol and biodiesel industries.


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