Fort Worth, Texas - The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) is disappointed after the U.S. Senate failed to pass a resolution that would have prevented the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHG). Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) filed a disapproval resolution after the EPA released an endangerment finding giving themselves the authority to regulate GHGs.

If the EPA regulates GHGs under the Clean Air Act (CAA), the cost would be overwhelming as millions of entities, including ranches, would be subject to burdensome CAA regulations. If ranchers don't comply with the new regulations, they could be subject to fines.

These costly regulations would be based on what the EPA itself claims is a weak and indirect link between GHGs and public health.

"If the federal government wants to regulate greenhouse gases, that debate should happen in Congress, where agriculture has representation, not through a backdoor approach," said Dave Scott, rancher and TSCRA president. "The EPA's decision to regulate greenhouse gases on their own authority will drastically increase the cost of producing safe and affordable food, putting many ranchers out of business."

"Ranchers appreciate the Senators who voted in favor of this resolution, including Texas Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, " Scott concluded.

TSCRA, along with more than 100 agricultural organizations, sent a letter to Senator Murkowski in support of her resolution.

The letter states that "the EPA's findings puts the agricultural economy at grave risk based on allegations of a weak, indirect link to public health and welfare despite the lack of any environmental benefit."

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is a 133-year-old trade organization. As the largest and oldest livestock association in Texas, TSCRA represents more than 15,000 beef cattle producers, ranching families and businesses who manage approximately 4 million head of cattle on 51.5 million acres of range and pasture land, primarily in Texas and Oklahoma. TSCRA provides law enforcement and livestock inspection services, legislative and regulatory advocacy, industry news and information, insurance services and educational opportunities for its members and the industry.