18 May 2010 21:22 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) joined 48 other agricultural trade associations on Tuesday in opposing the US Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of greenhouse gases (GHGs) under the Clean Air Act.
The agricultural interest groups sent a letter to members of the US Senate in support of a resolution introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski (Republican-Alaska), which sought to revoke the EPA’s authority to regulate GHGs.
“TFI believes that conceding EPA’s authority to regulate GHGs would set a negative precedent for policy making, directly allowing the agency to establish a framework that would result in increased input costs for agricultural producers, including fertilizer manufacturers, and in turn, American farmers,” TFI president Ford West said.
West said the Murkowski resolution did not attack the science of climate change, nor did it seek to prevent Congress from addressing the issue.
The resolution supported the notion that Congress, not EPA, should be charged with determining the path forward on an issue such as climate change, which stood to impact virtually the entire economy, West added.
TFI said it strongly urged all senators to vote in favour of the resolution.
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