AFBF supports the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011 that House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) plans to introduce today. Upton’s bill would preempt regulation of greenhouse gases by the Environmental Protection Agency based on climate change considerations.
“The regulation of GHG does not fit within the current framework of the Clean Air Act. Unlike other regulated pollutants, where Clean Air Act thresholds are sufficient to regulate the largest emitters, GHG regulation at statutorily required thresholds holds the prospect of costly and burdensome permit requirements on farms, ranches, schools, hospitals and some large residences,” AFBF President Bob Stallman wrote in a letter sent to Upton today, announcing Farm Bureau’s backing of the bill.
The bill has bipartisan support. House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) plans to be a cosponsor. “The EPA needs to be reined in,” said Peterson.
Across the Capitol, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) plans to introduce a companion bill in the Senate today. Stallman also wrote to Inhofe, pledging Farm Bureau’s support of his bill.