Climate change legislation a tough sell for producers
There has been a flurry of last minute statements prior to a possible Friday vote on the Waxman-Markey climate change bill. One emerging theme seems to be, what’s the rush? Even the Chicago Tribune editorialized Thursday that congress should delay the vote until more is known about the 1,200 page bill, or they say members should vote it down.
The National Corn Growers Association commended House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson and others for their efforts, but NCGA President Bob Dickey said, while they support adoption of the Peterson amendment, they will remain neutral on the overall bill pending further analysis.
The National Pork Producers Council says it cannot support climate change legislation even with the compromise language agreed to late Wednesday, and Josh Trenary from Indiana Pork, said the hurry-up approach is counter to what agriculture prefers. “I do think it is a sobering trend that stuff like this is getting rushed to the floor without knowing all the details and not having everything in writing. In the Ag industry we try to put forth an honest effort. We don’t just politically posture on things without knowing all the details. We try to be genuine in our opposition or our support. So trying to back these things or oppose them is really tough without knowing all the details.”
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