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Farm Bureau approves of the ‘Murkowski 39’s’ EPA disapproval resolution

January 22, 2010

Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski and 38 Senate colleagues filed a bipartisan resolution of disapproval Thursday which would stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the agency’s so-called endangerment finding.

In a news release, AFBF applauded the move and urged every member of the Senate to support the measure which is not expected to come to a vote until March.  

In her statement on the Senate floor, Sen. Murkowski referenced American Farm Bureau’s sense of the delegate body resolution that opposes cap and trade and “strongly supports any legislative action that would suspend EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.”

Murkowski called the EPA ruling “not just a finding, but a floodgate that’s set to unleash a damaging wave of regulations that will wash over and further submerge our struggling economy.”   She said it would cost jobs, severely restrict domestic energy production, and make consumer goods more expensive.

“As the EPA moves closer and closer to issuing these regulations, I continue to believe that this command-and-control approach is our worst option for reducing the emissions blamed for climate change,” Murkowski said.

Murkowski, the ranking Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and a strong proponent of moving the nation toward a cleaner energy future, said the disapproval resolution is necessary to avoid the “economic train wreck” that would result from the EPA regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

EPA announced on the eve of the United Nations’ Copenhagen climate change negotiations that it would move ahead with regulating large stationary GHG emitters, if Congress does not pass a climate change bill.

“We’re being presented with a false choice between unacceptable legislation and unacceptable regulations,” Murkowski said.

For more on the story we turn to Clean Skies News’ coverage of the story, which includes sound bytes from Sen. Barbara Boxer, co-author of S. 1733 — Kerry-Boxer. 

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