CFB Opposes EPA Effort to Regulate GHGs


The Environmental Protection Agency announced a final rule Monday that will phase in greenhouse gas emissions control requirements for new and modified stationary sources such as power plants starting Jan. 2, 2011.

This rule is a key move by EPA to begin regulating GHGs under the Clean Air Act. EPA’s action on Monday is a major concern of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s. AFBF vehemently opposes regulating GHGs under the Clean Air Act because Congress never intended to use the act to regulate carbon dioxide.

Colorado Farm Bureau strongly backs a Senate resolution to disapprove of EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations under the Clean Air Act by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), and a companion measure in the House introduced by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.).

“The high costs of this regulation, the unidentified environmental benefits, and the ongoing effort in Congress to decide this issue argues strongly for Congress to use its authority under the Congressional Review Act to intervene in this matter,” wrote CFB President Alan Foutz in a letter to Sen. Bennett, urging him to support the Murkowski resolution. Farm Bureau also sent letters to Colorado’s House delegation urging support of companion legislation being offered by House Ag committee Chair, Colin Peterson.

Other industry groups, many state officials and numerous members of Congress have protested EPA’s scheme to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases as pollutants. EPA determined late last year that such gases are a threat to human health and welfare.

“We believe the EPA’s greenhouse gas requirements will lead to costly and ineffective regulations on America’s farmers and ranchers,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “We vehemently oppose regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act because we believe it will require livestock producers and other agricultural operations to obtain costly and time-consuming permits as conditions to continue farming.”

Under the final rule, EPA will begin regulating greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources at the same time it expects to begin enforcing emissions limits for cars and light trucks.

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