Resolution opposes EPA regulation of greenhouse gases

Buckeye Farm News

Arkansas Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s support for a resolution to disapprove the Environmental Protection Agency’s effort to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act could not have come at a better time and reflects true bipartisan concern, according to AFBF President Bob Stallman.

The resolution had been introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

“Senator Lincoln recognizes the very real apprehension that Americans today harbor about the overreach of government regulations,” Stallman said. “America’s farmers and ranchers believe incentives and initiatives that focus on clean energy would be much more effective than once again trotting out the heavy hand of government regulation. We fully support Senators Lincoln and Murkowski in their efforts to oppose EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations.”

According to Stallman, the EPA’s proposal to regulate greenhouse gases is all about propping up seriously flawed cap-and-trade climate legislation being considered in Congress.

“Cap-and-trade climate bills would cut deeply into America’s ability to produce food and grow crops,” Stallman said. “Trying to breathe life into bad cap-and-trade legislation through an all-stick-and-no-carrot regulatory scheme is just bad public policy. In this case, there is no lesser of those two evils.”

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.