The National Cotton Council coordinated a letter, signed by 175 agricultural organizations, to Representatives Joe Barton, R-Texas, and Ike Skelton, D-Mo., acknowledging support of the legislators' actions against a greenhouse gas regulation plan. The two legislators have introduced resolutions of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to move forward on regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.
The letter also urged House approval of the legislators' resolution as introduced. Their resolution follows a similar resolution introduced in January by Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. In a NCC-coordinated letter to Senator Murkowski, 137 other commodity and agricultural organizations declared their support for her effort. The breadth of support from agriculture encouraged several Democratic Senators to cosponsor the resolution.
In their letter, the groups said that such regulatory actions will carry severe consequences for the U.S. economy, including America's farmers and ranchers, through increased input costs and international market disparities. It also noted that both current and past Administrations have acknowledged that the Glean Air Act is not the appropriate vehicle for establishing greenhouse gas policy.