Editor’s note: The following is a statement by Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation regarding yesterday’s vote on the proposed resolution halting EPA greenhouse gas regulations.
“The American Farm Bureau is disappointed that the Senate failed to halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of greenhouse gases by failing to approve S.J. Res. 26. This was one of the most important votes in the Senate this year affecting U.S. agriculture.
“Additional EPA regulation for farmers will likely mean higher food costs for consumers because of higher input and energy costs to grow our food and result in negative economic impacts on the agriculture sector.
“Importantly, this vote also brought into question who should decide our nation’s energy policy – elected lawmakers or a regulatory agency. It is regrettable the Senate answered this question as it did. The vote against S.J. Res. 26 allows EPA to embark on the ambitious and unprecedented regulation of the American economy without congressional input.
“Farm Bureau commends Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) for their work on this issue and all of the members who voted in favor of S. J. Res. 26.”
Source: American Farm Bureau Federation