NEWBY APPLAUDS ALABAMA CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION FOR VOTE ON GREENHOUSE GAS BILL
MONTGOMERY, Ala., April 8 -- Alabama Farmers Federation President Jerry Newby applauded the state's U.S. representatives for their unanimous vote April 7 to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.
"We thank Alabama's congressional delegation for standing with the farmers of the state in opposing the EPA's back-door approach to regulate agriculture and other small businesses," Newby said. "This type of regulation was soundly rejected by Congress and the American people last year when the administration failed to pass cap-and-trade legislation. EPA's efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act is a clear example of a government bureaucracy reaching beyond the original intent of the law."
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011 by a 255-172 vote. Alabama Democratic Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham, joined Republicans Jo Bonner, R-Mobile; Martha Roby, R-Montgomery; Mike Rogers, R-Anniston; Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville; Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville; and Spencer Bachus, R-Birmingham, in supporting the measure. Sewell was among 19 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill.
"If EPA's regulation of greenhouse gases goes unchecked, it will drive up energy prices for families and make it more difficult for farmers to earn a living," Newby said. "EPA's actions will have a devastating impact on jobs and will delay our economic recovery."
The Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011 (H.R. 910) would preserve the Clean Air Act as it stands today and would maintain EPA's authority to monitor and reduce nearly 200 hazardous pollutants that damage public health. The Senate failed to approve a similar bill last week.