WASHINGTON, D.C., July 6, 2023 — American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) today filed comments in opposition to EPA’s proposed GHG standards for light- and medium-duty vehicles, model years 2027-2032. An accompanying cover letter from AFPM President and CEO Chet Thompson laid out AFPM’s concerns, including EPA’s lack of legal authority to impose a de facto ban on liquid-fuel-powered vehicles:
“AFPM supports efforts to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation and believes that any successful strategy must encourage competition among all technologies. What we cannot endorse is regulatory overreach promoting a single technology that completely disregards the benefits of liquid transportation fuels.”
“[R]egulations of such magnitude require unambiguous Congressional authority. Congress has never come anywhere close to providing EPA with the authority it asserts here—the power to effectively ban internal combustion engine vehicles by setting emission standards that only battery electric vehicles can achieve.”
Chet Thompson’s cover letter and AFPM’s full comments also address the compromising national security implications of EPA’s proposal and the Agency’s error in focusing its proposal exclusively on vehicle tailpipe emissions while ignoring all other emissions across the fuel and vehicle lifecycles, including efforts and investments that continue to be made to reduce the carbon intensity of liquid fuels and liquid-fuel-powered vehicles.
EPA provided the public just 60 days to offer input on its proposals, which included more than 250 Federal Register pages and over 10,000 pages of supporting documents.
The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) is the leading trade association representing the makers of the fuels that keep us moving, the petrochemicals that are the essential building blocks for modern life, and the midstream companies that get our feedstocks and products where they need to go. We make the products that make life better, safer and more sustainable — we make progress.