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Since the path has been cleared for the EPA to step into the breech and regulate CO2 as a pollutant, even if Congress doesn't think it a worthwhile thing, the possibility has been hanging out there as a trump card. Well, all as two recent articles show, Big Agriculture and Dirty Energy certainly don't like that possibility one bit. Farmers first:'Would Burden Economy...'
Reuters reports that the American Farm Bureau Federation has voted to support "any legislative action" to suspend EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, on the grounds that doing so "would significantly burden all sectors of the economy."
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One piece of that legislative action the AFBF would support is an ammendment that Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) wants introduced--but not immediately, as the Washington Post reports--which would bar EPA from acting for one year.
In case you had any doubts about the motivations behind Murkowski's amendment, the same Washington Post article linked above points out that figuring prominently in the crafting of it are lobbyists Jeffrey Holmstead and Roger Martella Jr., both of whom have extensive ties to the energy industry. Additionally, Martella has ties to the Bush administration EPA.
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