Big money backs Lincoln

Today Senator Lincoln will announce the vast sum of fresh hot cash in her campaign’s account. If you are wondering where all that loot comes from, cast an eye on this release from the Lincoln Senatorial office and behold a partial listing of wealthy special interests who are more than ready to demonstrate their appreciation in a tangible way.

Air? Who needs it! Let them buy oxygen masks!

Arkansans and Other Stakeholders Applaud Lincoln Effort to Block Heavy-Handed EPA Regulations

Washington – U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, this week heard from Arkansans and other stakeholders in support of her effort to block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Lincoln last week cosponsored a resolution of disapproval introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.

“I support the goals of curbing green house gases, reducing our dependency on foreign oil, and advancing clean-energy technologies. However, we must achieve these goals responsibly by finding a balanced solution that is a good for the environment and good for the economy. Heavy-handed EPA regulation, as well as the current cap and trade bills in Congress, will cost us jobs and put us at an even greater competitive disadvantage to China, India and others. Arkansans, and the American public, want Congress to take a breath, slow down, and thoughtfully come up with energy policy that makes common sense and will help grow our economy,” said Lincoln.

Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Randy Zook:
“The Arkansas State Chamber appreciates your support to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. In the wake of the EPA’s recent endangerment finding the State Chamber believes strongly that this finding will result in damaging new regulations which will endanger the very fragile U.S. economy and that if the EPA were allowed to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act that it would cause an economic train wreck. We cannot turn a blind eye to the EPA’s efforts to impose back-door climate regulations with no input from Congress. EPA regulation could: force businesses to cut jobs or close their doors for good, severely restrict domestic energy production, increase our dependence on foreign suppliers thus threatening our national security, make housing less affordable, and make consumer goods more expensive. Your work on behalf of our state is greatly valued here at home. Thank you for your service and dedication to working on issues that are important to Arkansas and to our nation.”

Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach:
“Arkansas Farm Bureau is pleased that Sen. Lincoln is joining Sen. Murkowski in this effort. It speaks volumes that the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee is concerned enough to create a bipartisan effort to stop unneeded federal regulation that would make it more difficult and costly for farmers and ranchers to continue providing affordable food to Americans and the rest of the world.”

Arkansas Renewable Energy Association Founder Bill Ball:
“I applaud Senator Lincoln’s support for legislation to block efforts by the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. I believe Senator Lincoln understands that administrative bureaucracy will result in a less efficient use of capital toward the goal of reducing carbon emissions, and that we must instead focus on emerging ideas in energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy resources to ensure we meet our goals.”

Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas Vice President of Governmental Affairs Carmie Henry:
“Senator Lincoln’s courage in the overheated political climate Arkansans are witnessing is testament to her character and reflects the very reasons why voters sent her to public office in the first place. Chairman Lincoln is correct when she observes that the best way to protect both our environment and our economy is to develop bipartisan clean energy legislation that incentivizes energy production and job creation.”

Arkansas Rice Producers Group Chairman Gary Sebree
“We appreciate Sen. Lincoln for continuing to be an advocate for the thousands of people who work directly in the rice industry in Arkansas. As the leading rice-producing state in America, Arkansas would be harmed most by the latest proposed climate change regulations.”

Arkansas Rice Federation Executive Director Ben Noble
“The climate-change regulations proposed by the EPA would severely harm rice production in Arkansas. The regulations would put Arkansas farmers, merchants and millers at a severe disadvantage with foreign rice, giving our international competition a leg up. The environmental benefits of “cap and trade” are debatable but the adverse impact to the rice industry is undeniable.”

Arkansas Forestry Association Executive Vice President Max Braswell:
“The Arkansas Forestry Association (AFA), representing over 1,500 hundred members of the timber and forest products community in the state, applauds your support for legislation to block efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. We prefer that Congress enact legislation to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

Arkansas Pork Producers Association Executive Vice President Jerry Masters:
“Chairman Lincoln and the bipartisan group of Senators supporting this resolution are standing up for Arkansas pork producers and advocating for responsible, common sense solutions, rather than accepting onerous EPA regulations that would put the Arkansas pork industry in jeopardy.”

Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association Executive Vice President Adam McClung:
“The ACA is pleased that Senator Lincoln and others have chosen to take a stand against the EPA. The Administration’s decision to regulate greenhouse gas emissions without science justification will most definitely hinder the U.S.’s ability to remain competitive in a growing global marketplace. We believe it was never the intent of the Clean Air Act to regulate GHGs from sources that include farms, ranches, hospitals, office buildings and schools.”

American Agriculture Movement of Arkansas President Harvey Joe Sanner:
“Senator Blanche Lincoln is looking out for what’s best for Arkansas with her support of this resolution. There are folks out there grinding a variety of axes who are causing confusion about this complex and important issue. We need a clear-thinking realist like Senator Lincoln representing us. Senator Lincoln’s efforts will put us on the right path to limiting pollution, investing in clean energy, and, most importantly, creating jobs. I thank Senator Lincoln for working to find ways to help the environment in a way that will be good for agriculture and good for the economy.”

Agricultural Council of Arkansas Executive Vice President Don Alexander:
“The Agricultural Council of Arkansas applaud Senator Murkowski and Senator Lincoln and others for the introduction of a “resolution of disapproval” for action taken by EPA. EPA’s endangerment finding on greenhouse gases positions EPA to pass regulations that would place production agriculture at a distinct disadvantage in both domestic and world trade. Input costs for production agriculture has continued to increase and additional regulatory cost could quite possibly put some small farmers out of business.”

American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman:
“Sen. Lincoln recognizes the very real apprehension that Americans today harbor about the overreach of government regulations. America’s farmers and ranchers believe incentives and initiatives that focus on clean energy would be much more effective than once again trotting out the heavy hand of government regulation. We fully support Sens. Lincoln and Murkowski in their efforts to oppose EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations.”

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson:
“NFU appreciates your work as you seek a policy solution that reduces carbon emissions, creates jobs and provides greater energy independence while ensuring the best possible outcome for American agriculture. NFU believes a regulatory approach is not the best solution for American agriculture and has instead consistently favored a legislative policy solution. As Congress continues to develop energy and climate legislation, NFU believes the USDA is best positioned to work with farmers and ranchers.”

Plains Cotton Growers Executive Vice President Steve Verett:
“In my opinion the efforts of Senator Blanche Lincoln have been a lifeline to rational thought and bipartisanship that all of production agriculture should recognize and support. Her example of working closely with all sectors of agriculture and like-minded supporters of U.S. agriculture across the aisle in Congress is something that we should all recognize and appreciate.”

National Cotton Council Chairman Jay Hardwick:
“The National Cotton Council said today it was reassuring to the agricultural community to see Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Chairman Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Ranking Member Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) responding to 138 diverse organizations by joining 35 other senators in cosponsoring a measure that would keep U.S. farmers and ranchers from economic harm.”

The Poultry Federation President Marvin Childers:
“Given the potential consequences, it is not appropriate for EPA to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act absent clear legislative guidance from the Congress. We appreciate your commitment to ensuring that elected officials such as yourself will ultimately shape any federal climate policy.”

National Federation of Independent Business Senior Vice President, Public Policy, Susan Eckerly:
“The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business advocacy organization, strongly supports the Murkowski-Lincoln resolution of disapproval regarding a final rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) relating to an endangerment finding of green house gases (GHGs). EPA’s decision to regulate GHGs would trigger stringent new regulations under the Clean Air Act that would disproportionately affect small businesses that are not major polluters and least able to sustain or even understand new regulations. NFIB appreciates Senator Lincoln’s efforts to eliminate the effectiveness of this burdensome new rule by the EPA.”

Ducks Unlimited Director of Public Policy Dan Wrinn:
“Ducks Unlimited supports Sen. Lincoln in her efforts to favor cost-effective, market-based approaches developed through the legislative process to address climate change. DU recognizes, like Senator Lincoln, that direct regulation of greenhouse gases by the EPA may address an overriding aspect of climate change, but that a legislative approach inclusive of market-based incentives will encourage broader participation by America’s farmers and rural landowners in reducing emissions and enhancing carbon sequestration and storage while also supporting natural resource and wildlife adaptation. We support Sen. Lincoln’s efforts to progress US climate and energy policy in a coordinated way to that end goal.”

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives President and CEO Chuck Conner:
“As chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, Senator Lincoln has been steadfast in defending the interests of producers on the climate change issue. She realizes that any climate change bill that does not recognize the unique needs and sensitivity of productions agriculture is a bad deal for farmers, ranchers and cooperatives.”

USA Rice Producers’ Group Chairman Frank Rehermann:
“We applaud Chairman Lincoln for putting the American economy and jobs first in this debate. While there are a number of questions surrounding the issue of climate change, there is absolutely no question about the severe impact that pending legislation and regulation would have on our economy and jobs.”

USA Rice President and CEO Betsy Ward:
“Chairman Lincoln is in the right place at the right time. And her partnering up with Republican Senators Saxby Chambliss and Lisa Murkowski provides strong, bi-partisan momentum in stopping efforts that threaten to undermine the American rice industry and our nation’s economy.”

Hardwood Federation Executive Director Deb Hawkinson:
“With your help, this industry can regain its competitiveness. A vibrant hardwood industry will employ countless individuals and continue to produce the high-quality U.S. hardwood products that consumer’s value. The Hardwood Federation thanks you for your bipartisanship in cosponsoring Senator Murkowski’s amendment, and we look forward to continuing to work together.”

American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman:
“The forest products industry applauds Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) for supporting legislation by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) that is critical of the EPA’s efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions through the Clean Air Act.”

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Gary Voogt:
“We’re pleased that a strong bipartisan group of Senators are taking a stand against EPA’s over-reaching efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The Administration’s decision to trump Congress and unilaterally regulate greenhouse gas emissions will stifle U.S. economic growth and development.”

Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association President Debbie Brady:
“On behalf of SLMA’s members in Arkansas and their employees, I am writing to applaud you for supporting legislation, Senator Murkowski’s amendment, to block efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.”

National Pork Producers Council President Don Butler:
“We agree with you that this is the wrong approach. For livestock agriculture, our success in reducing greenhouse gases has occurred without mandatory Federal standards, and there is ample reason to believe imposing such standards will have the perverse effect of discouraging further innovation.”

National Chicken Council President George Watts:
“Your support of this resolution is very important to the chicken industry. In an economy that is struggling to get on track, states and regions hit hard by the economic downturn should not be subjected to more regulations.”

National Turkey Federation President Joel Brandenberg:
“The National Turkey Federation– especially our many Arkansas members – would like to commend you for cosponsoring a joint resolution disapproving the Environmental Protection Agency’s “endangerment finding” and decision to move forward with regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.”


About patlynch
I am a broadcaster in Arkansas, a former freelance writer and political columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Writing Coach. Speaker. Director of the Christian Foundations for Ministry program, and presently enrolled in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program.

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