Washington, D.C., - U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, asked Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson yesterday for assurance that the agency won’t impose a livestock tax as part of any rule on greenhouse gas regulations.
The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and other agriculture groups have recently expressed concern that the EPA may be moving towards a so-called “cow tax” as part of a proposal to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. The AFBF estimated the proposal could levy a $175 tax on each dairy cow, an $87.50 tax on each head of beef, and a $20 tax on each hog. Sensenbrenner noted that in Wisconsin alone, producers of dairy, beef and pork could be hit with more than $225 million in additional yearly taxes.“These regulations would result in a steep tax on farmers and ranchers that would ultimately affect nearly every American consumer,” Sensenbrenner said. “This is an extremely misguided attempt to control greenhouse gases that will only end up hurting the economy.”Sensenbrenner urged Johnson not to let the EPA enact any tax on livestock, and added that any use of the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases would have negative impacts on the economy.
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