Greenhouse Gas Costs Ag BIG Created by rrummel on 6/4/2014 3:55:41 PM
Ultimately Hit Grocery Bills
The Environmental ProtectionAgency’s latest greenhouse gas proposal will harm the nation’s economy, ruralcommunities and America’s farm and ranch families if implemented, the AmericanFarm Bureau Federation said today.
The EPA’s attempt to impose a30-percent reduction in carbon dioxide on the nation’s power plants will leadto higher energy prices. Farmers would face not just higher prices forelectricity, but any energy-related input such as fertilizer. Rural electriccooperatives that rely on old coal plants for cheap electricity would beespecially hard hit.
“U.S. agriculture willpay more for energy and fertilizer under this plan, but the harm won’t stopthere,” American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman said. “Effectswill especially hit home in rural America.” And when that happens the added cost will ultimately end up gettingadded to the grocery bills of all Americans.
Today’s announcement followsEPA’s April “Waters of the Unites States” proposal that would unlawfullyincrease the agency’s role in regulating America’s farms under the Clean WaterAct. AFBF responded with a formal campaign to “Ditch the Rule.”
"The greenhouse gasproposal is yet another expensive and expansive overreach by EPA into the dailylives of America's farmers and ranchers,” Stallman said. “Our farmers andranchers need a climate that fosters innovation, not unilateral regulationsthat cap our future."