The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed scheme to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act is “economically harmful, legally suspect and environmentally indefensible,” says the American Farm Bureau Federation.

AFBF is urging House of Representative members to support a bipartisan resolution to disapprove EPA’s greenhouse gas proposal, H.J. Res. 76, introduced by Reps. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.), and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.). The resolution would nullify EPA’s proposal, which is built around the agency’s flawed finding in December 2009 that greenhouse gases indirectly threaten human health and therefore could be regulated under the Clean Air Act.

The resolution to disapprove EPA’s proposal would not weaken any environmental protections, but would simply provide Congress the appropriate opportunity to debate and legislate in this area, according to AFBF.

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Meanwhilem, AFBF also urges the Senate to promptly pass a bill that that includes many important farm-related tax relief provisions that expired at the end of 2009. The American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act also includes renewable energy tax incentives, provisions to maintain vital rural health care services and emergency disaster assistance.

In a letter sent yesterday to members of the Senate, AFBF President Bob Stallman outlined provisions in the bill Farm Bureau supports, including extensions of tax incentives for biodiesel, renewable diesel and for small agri-biodiesel producers — provisions that the organization says play a key role in the development and expansion of renewable energy and the creation of jobs.

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Source: American Farm Bureau Federation