The House Energy and Power Subcommittee approved a bill Thursday that would strip EPA of its power to regulate greenhouse gases and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has promised the bill will come before the House floor within weeks.
AFBF supports H.R. 919, the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011, introduced by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) that would permanently eliminate EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources like power plants, refineries, farms and ranches. It also overturns a finding by EPA that greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare.
A companion bill has been introduced in the Senate. President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any legislation that would override EPA authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
The American Farm Federation supports the Defending America’s Affordable Energy and Jobs Act, legislation introduced by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) that would pre-empt the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating stationary sources of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.
AFBF President Bob Stallman wrote to Barrasso on Wednesday pledging Farm Bureau’s support of the bill. Stallman told Barrasso the regulations proposed by EPA would have serious consequences for agriculture.
According to EPA estimates, more than 37,000 farming operations (90 percent of livestock production) would be affected by the proposal, at an average cost of $23,200 per permit. Overall, this would cost the agriculture sector more than $866 million.
“In addition to these direct costs, farmers and ranchers will also feel indirect economic impacts. Costs incurred by utilities, refiners and manufacturers to comply with GHG regulations will be passed on to farmers, ranchers and other consumers in the form of higher fuel, fertilizer and energy costs,” according to Stallman.
Asserting that the Environmental Protection Agency is “implementing an aggressive regulatory program that burdens the nation’s farmers and ranchers,” delegates at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting today urged Congress to “pursue vigorous oversight” of the agency.
They cited a recent expansion in EPA regulatory actions aimed at agriculture that ignores farmers’ and ranchers’ “positive contributions to environmental protection.”
Thomas Crocker, an economics Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is credited with the development one of the most innovative and controversial public policy proposals of our time: cap & trade.
But although he devised the idea, Crocker said in an interview with The Washington Independent that cap & trade is not the best policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and, going a step further, raised questions about climate science.
As further evidence that the global warming movement has lost the battle, two rallies in support of Cap & Trade last week didn't draw crowds large enough to fill a gymnasium.
Leading environmental groups are admitting defeat in the climate change battle now that it appears Congress will not pass a climate change bill this year.
Last week, the environmental groups held two events in Wisconsin to rally support, but neither event drew enough people to fill a high school gym.
The Washington Post reports that a year ago the groups were at the peak of influence with the House narrowly passing a mammoth cap-and-trade climate change bill. But the sluggish economy and opposition from Farm Bureau and other groups now means that they have apparently lost the fight.
The President may be put into the sticky situation of having to veto a measure passed by a congress controlled by his party.
Congressional leaders are scrambling to prevent Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Resolution of Disapproval of EPA carbon regulations from passing the Senate today. Having gained the support of Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a coal state Senator, the measure has a good chance at passing. Majority Leader Harry Reid granted a vote on the Murkowski legislation because it was thought to have little chance of passing in the Senate.
While the resolution would face an uphill battle in the House, its potential passage would force a presidential veto on legislation passed by a congress controlled by his own party. It would be an embarrassing moment for the administration whose priority it was to regulate carbon dioxide emissions as a way to stave off global warming.
Colorado Farm Bureau, AFBF and many other farm groups have supported the Murkowski resolution which would prevent the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide emissions from both mobile and stationary sources under the Clean Air Act. CFB has sent letters to Sens. Udall and Bennett urging their support of the bill.
Permitting costs and fees associated with the regulation of carbon dioxide by the EPA would devastate agriculture and allied industries as well as drive up energy costs on every family in America.
Apparently the enviros, for all their nature knowledge, don't know that Polar Bears can swim!! Who knew?
File this one under “Shameless ‘Scientific’ Political Pandering”…
The National Research Council, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences, released three reports on Wednesday declaring that climate change is real and is driven mostly by human activity, chiefly the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation.
One of the reports, “Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change,” urges the United States to set a greenhouse gas emissions “budget” that restricts overall emissions and provides a measurable goal for policymakers and for industry. The report does not explicitly recommend a cap-and-trade program, but says a system of tradeable emissions permits gives industry more flexibility in meeting an emissions target or budget.