NCBA, PLC Support Murkowski, Lincoln Efforts to Reverse EPA Finding
WASHINGTON –The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) are strongly supporting a joint resolution by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and others, to reverse the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recent finding that greenhouse gases (GHG) are an "endangerment to public health and welfare." NCBA filed an appeal in the DC Circuit Court last month challenging EPA'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 EPA’s over-reaching efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions,” said NCBA President Gary Voogt. “The Administration’s decision to trump Congress and unilaterally regulate greenhouse gas emissions will stifle U.S. economic growth and development.”
EPA’s “endangerment” finding provides the foundation for the agency to regulate GHGs from small and large sources throughout the economy—including farms, hospitals, office buildings and schools—under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The CAA is ill-equipped to address climate change, and it was never the intent of Congress that it be used for this purpose.
“EPA’s finding lacks scientific justification,” Voogt continued. “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 EPA’s claims.”