Efforts to reverse E.P.A. finding get industry support
January 22, 2010
by Bryan Salvage
WASHINGTON – A joint resolution by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and others, to reverse the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent finding that greenhouse gases (G.H.G.) are an "endangerment to public health and welfare" is being strongly supported by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the Public Lands Council.
Last month N.C.B.A. filed an appeal in the D.C. Circuit Court challenging E.P.A.'s finding, due to a lack of science showing that greenhouse gases are the result of manmade activities, rather than a naturally-occurring phenomenon.
“We’re pleased that a strong bipartisan group of Senators are taking a stand against E.P.A.’s over-reaching efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions,” said Gary Voogt, N.C.B.A. president. “The Administration’s decision to trump Congress and unilaterally regulate greenhouse gas emissions will stifle U.S. economic growth and development.”
E.P.A.’s “endangerment” finding provides the foundation for the agency to regulate G.H.G.s from small and large sources throughout the economy — including farms, hospitals, office buildings and schools — under the Clean Air Act (C.A.A.). The C.A.A. is ill-equipped to address climate change, and it was never the intent of Congress that it be used for this purpose, according to an N.C.B.A. news release.
“E.P.A.’s finding lacks scientific justification,” Mr. Voogt said. “Before jeopardizing the ability of the U.S. to remain competitive in the global marketplace, we’re asking the courts to re-examine the science behind E.P.A.’s claims.”
for more information on N.C.B.A.’s petition for appeal.