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For Immediate Release

Farm Bureau supports Sen. Lincoln’s effort to stop EPA regulation of greenhouse gases

Senate Ag. Chair wants to protect economy; questions benefits

1/26/2010 at 12:00 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Farm Bureau supports Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s effort to restrict the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases. Last week the senator from Arkansas, who is chairwoman of the Senate Ag Committee, created a bipartisan effort when she joined Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski’s call to stop the EPA from using the Clean Air Act as a tool for greenhouse gas regulation.  

“Arkansas Farm Bureau is pleased that Sen. Lincoln is joining Sen. Murkowski in this effort,” said Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach. “It speaks volumes that the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee is concerned enough to create a bipartisan effort to stop unneeded federal regulation that would make it more difficult and costly for farmers and ranchers to continue providing affordable food to Americans and the rest of the world.”

Last week, Lincoln said she was very concerned about the burden that EPA regulation of carbon could put on the economy and questioned the environmental benefit of such heavy-handed EPA regulation.

Lincoln offers an alternative to regulation.

“We can make immediate gains to reduce carbon emissions by sending the President bipartisan clean energy legislation produced by the Senate Energy Committee,” Lincoln said. “This legislation, coupled with energy tax incentives, will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and incentivize renewable energy, all while improving the environment and creating much-needed jobs.”  


Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of more than 220,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.


For more information contact:

Steve Eddington
(501) 228-1383
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203


Gregg Patterson
(501) 228-1282
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203

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