ASA Outlines Concerns Over Climate Legislation

The American Soybean Association (ASA) has issued a paper outlining its concerns about climate change legislation. ASA believes that climate change legislation passed by the House and the current draft Senate climate change bill do not provide sufficient measures to protect American economic competitiveness. ASA does not support those measures in their current form.

“ASA is concerned with the impacts that could result from enactment of climate change legislation that unilaterally subjects U.S. farmers, manufacturers and other businesses to emissions caps and increased energy costs without appropriate measures to ensure that the U.S. maintains economic competitiveness,” said Johnny Dodson, ASA president, a soybean producer from Halls, Tenn.

If Congress moves to enact climate change legislation, ASA believes it must be structured in a manner that will achieve the desired benefits while maintaining the viability of the U.S. economy and domestic food supply, including U.S. farmers and livestock producers, food and feed processors, and our communities.

“Any cap-and-trade legislation must provide stability, promote the global competitiveness of U.S. agriculture, and not diminish our ability to supply U.S. and foreign consumers with abundant food, feed, fiber and renewable fuel,” Dodson said.

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