Senator's bill opposes EPA

TOPEKA — State Sen. Tim Huelskamp announced Monday that he planned to introduce a resolution opposing a federal environmental decision that classified carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases as a danger to public health.

The decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency paved the way for litigation, taxation and regulation of carbon producers, Huelskamp said in a written statement.

"This is a decision that clearly was made without taking into account the drastic economic consequences that it would have on the states, particularly a farm state like Kansas," he wrote in the announcement.

Huelskamp plans to file the resolution with the Legislature returns to Topeka in January. He has also written a letter to the agency's administrator, Lisa Jackson, urging her to rescind the decision.

"This decision will have far-reaching negative consequences for the state of Kansas, as well as other states across the nation," the state senator wrote . "Our state produces significant amounts of both oil and natural gas, which would be subject to strict regulation under this ruling."

Huelskamp, R-Fowler, is one of several Republican candidates running to be the party's candidate for the 1st Congressional District.