Farm Opposition Helps Stall Climate Bill in Senate

Opposition from farm organizations and agricultural state senators is one reason that Senate climate change legislation has stalled, according to Ben Lieberman, an energy and environment analyst with the Heritage Foundation.

“There is little doubt that legislative measures designed to address global warming would greatly burden the agricultural sector. Farming is energy intensive, and cap-and-trade bills, namely the House Waxman-Markey bill, which passed in June, and the Boxer-Kerry bill pending in the Senate, are essentially a massive tax on energy,” Lieberman said in a research report.

Global warming regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency also pose a substantial threat to American agriculture, and legislation to rein in EPA deserves serious consideration, Lieberman said.

An analysis conducted by The Heritage Foundation found that the Waxman-Markey bill would reduce farm profits by an estimated 28 percent starting in 2012, the first year the bill’s provisions take effect. Farm profits would be lowered an average of 57 percent lower through 2035.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Raleigh Latham on April 22, 2010 at 2:23 am

    Farmers should be supporting a climate bill with every last breath, because a 2009 Pentagon study found that by 2020, the Midwest and Southwest would be threatened by EXTREME DROUGHT if there was unchecked emissions growth. They’re supporting their own demise by speaking against the climate bill.


    • Posted by Shawn Martini on April 22, 2010 at 11:00 am

      Farmers and ranchers dont know why we should rework our economy simply because a Pentagon report makes some outrageous claim about drought conditions in the southwest. We consistantly have had drought conditions across the country and farmers still find ways to be productive.

      Second, we know as a result of EPA and independent analysis that the Cap and Trade proposals currently before congress would do nothing to curb the rate of warming so long as China and India do nothing.

      As soon as you figure out a way to get them on board, maybe we would consider supporting some version of GHG emissions control.


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