When I became Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee in January of this year, I had one primary goal: to ensure that America’s farmers and ranchers have the policies in place that they need to feed, fuel, and clothe the nation while ensuring stability and consistency for farmers, ranchers, consumers, markets, and rural communities. After all, agriculture is the foundation of our livelihood and the lifeblood of rural America. And, while our work will never be done, we are off to a great start.
The Ag Minute: H.R. 910 Protects Agriculture From EPA Overreach
Tamara Hinton, 202.225.0184
WASHINGTON – This week during The Ag Minute, Chairman Frank Lucas, discusses the need to pass H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011. The legislation will prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the bill this week.
Click here to listen to The Ag Minute. The transcript is below.
"For more than two years we have watched Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency try to expand its authority over American agriculture. It only seems interested in pushing the extreme agenda of environmental groups at the expense of our farmers and ranchers.
"Most telling of the EPA’s irrational regulatory approach is how it has concluded that the breath we exhale and the gas that livestock expels are dangerous pollutants and should be regulated under the Clean Air Act.
"EPA says agriculture is currently exempt from proposed regulations because it has targeted only the largest greenhouse gas emitters. But this doesn’t provide any certainty to our farmers and ranchers. An exemption doesn’t insulate them from the higher energy and operating costs they’ll face from other industries hit by these regulations or from further regulations down the road.
"And, since when have EPA bureaucrats ever passed up an opportunity to regulate, especially when it comes to agriculture?
"Essentially, EPA is trying to impose a national energy tax.
"That’s why I cosponsored H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011, which is slated for a vote in the House of Representatives this week. The bill prevents the EPA from running wild across American farms and subjecting producers to more burdensome regulations that threaten to put them out of business.
"I encourage my colleagues to support it and protect agriculture from EPA overreach. Rural America never stopped being a good place to live, so it’s our job to make sure that it’s a good place to make a living, too."
The Ag Minute is Chairman Lucas's weekly radio address that is released each Tuesday from the House Agriculture Committee.