Frustration Continues To Build With EPA’s Latest Emissions Edict

Posted on: March 20, 2024

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.)–The Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) joins other state corn organizations, the National Corn Growers Association, and biofuel groups in expressing extreme frustration with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final 2027-2032 tailpipe emissions rule for sedans and light- and medium-duty trucks. MCGA CEO Bradley Schad comments on today’s final ruling requiring electric vehicles (EVs) to account for 69% of new passenger vehicle sales by 2032.

“We’re quickly approaching a point of no return when it comes to tomorrow’s transportation options. Unless action is taken in the courts or Congress, automakers and energy providers will be forced to enact these unrealistic regulations. Despite lackluster EV sales and a growing list of concerns, today’s strict emissions requirement is another step toward regulating away the internal combustion engine and, as a result, ethanol demand.

“In 2022, MCGA joined other corn states and biofuels partners in a petition challenging the EPA’s authority to force a single technology approach to reduce greenhouse gas tailpipe emissions for cars and trucks. Our organization is also working closely and appreciates the support of Missouri’s congressional delegation to advance bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House and Senate. The Next Generation Fuels Act would modernize liquid fuels, ensuring tomorrow’s internal combustion engines remain competitive, relevant, and affordable.

“We’ve heard time and time again that people want more choices and affordability in vehicle and fuel options. The Next Generation Fuels Act does just that. It allows for engine optimization, which helps automotive manufacturers meet vehicle fuel efficiency standards and lower emissions. The bill requires octane sources that result in nearly 40% fewer emissions and sets new limits on toxic hydrocarbon aromatics. And it drives corn-based ethanol demand, helping rural communities when they need it most.

“Every driver should be free to purchase whatever vehicle best fits their needs and lifestyle. As a low-carbon, clean energy source, ethanol should be in the driver’s seat for continued optimization of today’s internal combustion engine. We need a level playing field, and the time to take action is now-–before it’s too late.”

In addition to strong congressional and national support, more than 35 Missouri businesses or organizations have signed on in support of the Next Generation Fuels Act. Learn more about the benefits of low-carbon, high-octane fuels at

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