The American Farm Bureau Federation and 48 other agricultural groups are urging the Senate to adopt Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski's resolution that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.
AFBF President Bob Stallman says most of American agriculture is united in the belief that regulation of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases should be decided by Congress. Stallman says passage of the resolution is the best way to ensure national policy is set by policymakers accountable to the people, not by unelected bureaucrats at EPA.
The ag groups sent a letter to Senate members earlier this week explaining that ag could suffer severe economic impacts from the EPA's regulations plan if Congress doesn't offer some relief. Stallman states the EPA's scheme will lead to increased input costs and costly regulations for farmers and ranchers. The letter notes that according to EPA's own estimates full implementation would cost farmers more than $866 million just for obtaining permits for farms and livestock operations.