LINCOLN, NEB. – A move by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to rollback President Obama-era greenhouse gas emission regulations is drawing praise from the Nebraska Farm Bureau. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule Tues., Oct. 10 beginning steps to repeal limitations on greenhouse gas emissions introduced as part of Obama’s “Clean Power Plan.” Nebraska Farm Bureau opposed the regulation over concerns it would diminish the ability for utilities to provide reliable and affordable energy for Nebraska homeowners, businesses, and farm and ranch operations.
“EPA clearly understood this rule would result in increased costs for utilities to comply with these standards. The costs incurred by utility companies ultimately get passed onto their customers – including farmers and ranchers whose operations, by their very nature, are more energy-intense and depend on reliable and affordable energy to run equipment, operate livestock farms, and run irrigation systems,” said Steve Nelson, Nebraska Farm Bureau president.
Nelson pointed to the regulations most basic flaws in supporting Pruitt’s action to pull back the regulation.
“This is feel-good regulation. It doesn’t solve the issue of global greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. is already making strides and has reduced emission by 13 percent since 2005. At the same time, China has increased its emissions by nearly 70 percent. In short, this rule effectively hamstrings our economy and drives up costs on farm and ranch families and other energy users while producing minimal measurable impact on world temperatures and climate,” said Nelson. “We appreciate Administrator Pruitt recognizing this rule does more harm than good and acting accordingly.”
The Nebraska Farm Bureau is a grassroots, state-wide organization dedicated to supporting farm and ranch families and working for the benefit of all Nebraskans through a wide variety of educational, service and advocacy efforts. More than 61,000 families across Nebraska are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve rural and urban prosperity as agriculture is a key fuel to Nebraska’s economy. For more information about Nebraska Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit www.nefb.org.