Senate Climate Debate Will Focus on Food Prices


The Des Moines Register reports that debate in the Senate on the massive climate change bill will focus more on the impact on food prices, rather than the influence on energy prices.

An analysis of the House-passed bill by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) predicts there would be less cropland as a result of the bill because acreage would be converted to trees to earn carbon credits.

This worries many senators because reducing the amount of available cropland likely would raise the price of commodities such as corn and soybeans, increasing livestock feed costs and eventually food prices.

However, the analysis was based on work done at Texas A&M University and did not specify how land conversion would take place. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson told the Senate committee she had no idea how many acres of cropland would be affected.

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