Resolution in Opposition to the EPA’s “Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule” and the treatment of biomass energy

 WHEREAS, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is once again attempting to regulate greenhouse gases in opposition to ALEC’s 2008 resolution[1] and long-standing policies; and

 WHEREAS, EPA is now attempting to make bad policies worse by making the proposed rule excessively narrow, making it risky and costly; and

WHEREAS, decision-makers from both political parties[2]  and other experts[3] in the United States and abroad recognize that “carbon neutral” renewable biomass energy[4] plays a critical role in creating new American jobs while helping the environment and EPA should recognize their contribution; and

WHEREAS, EPA is effectively on a path to destroy a vibrant, American renewable forestry biomass energy industry that is vital to our nation’s environmental and economic future; and

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that ALEC calls upon our nation’s governors, legislatures and Members of Congress to compel the EPA to overturn the “Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule” and stop its’ assault on renewable, domestic, biomass and other forms of energy.

Approved by the ALEC Board of Directors on January 11, 2011.

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[1] See “RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION TO EPA’S PLAN TO REGULATE GREENHOUSE GASES UNDER THE CLEAN AIR ACT” (http://www.alec.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Natural_Resources&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&CONTENTID=12572)

[2] See “63 House Members Tell EPA to Change Tailoring Rule” (http://nafoalliance.org/featured/63-house-members-tell-epa-to-change-tailoring-rule/)

[3] See “Scientists urge use of renewable biomass to meet energy and climate goals” (http://www.stateforesters.org/blog/scientists_urge_use_renewable_biomass)

[4] See “Coalition letter: Lisa Jackson- EPA tailoring rule on biogenic carbon (Jun.18.2010) (http://www.stateforesters.org/node/1926)

Keyword Tags: Energy Environment and Agriculture Task Force, Environmental Health, EPA, Greenhouse Gas