The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed scheme to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act is economically harmful, legally suspect and environmentally indefensible. That's the view of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Therefore, AFBF is urging House members to support a bipartisan resolution to disapprove EPA's greenhouse gas proposal.
House Joint Resolution 76, introduced by Representatives Ike Skelton, D-Mo., Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., and House Ag Committee Chair Collin Peterson, D-Minn., would nullify EPA's proposal, which is built around the agency's finding in December 2009 that greenhouse gases indirectly threaten human health and therefore could be regulated under the Clean Air Act. According to Farm Bureau, this resolution would not weaken any environmental protections, but would simply provide Congress the appropriate opportunity to debate and legislate in this area.
Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman says U.S. farmers and ranchers will be harmed by higher energy and fertilizer costs if EPA is allowed to move forward with its proposal to regulate GHGs.
"It appears likely that for the first time in history, even medium- and small-sized farming operations might have to comply with expensive permitting requirements," Stallman said. "Such policy decisions should be made by elected officials, not by a regulatory agency."