Thursday, July 2, 2009

Climate Control Bill Moves to the Senate

Climate Control Bill to get Capitol Hill Cooling

Washington--The American Farm Bureau thinks the Climate Control Bill that narrowly passed the House will see a cooling off period in 2009.

"We don't anticipate that it will pass the Senate this year," Farm Bureau lobbyist Mary Kay Thatcher told Agriculture Online.

The Senate will soon consider President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, not to mention health care reform. With an already full agenda, and opposition from rural areas, Thatcher thinks a vote on climate change legislation is unlikely this year.

Farm Bureau applauds the efforts by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Colin Peterson to get USDA, not the EPA, to run the trading of carbon credits that farmers might sell to industries that emit greenhouse gases. But the group still opposes climate change legislation, viewing its costs as higher than potential benefits.

Farm Bureau doesn't believe a carbon credit trading program would provide enough income to counter expected higher costs for fuel and fertilizer, even if the Senate makes improvements in the bill.

"It's hard for me to believe they could change it enough in the Senate to make agriculture a winner," Thatcher said. "True commercial agriculture is not going to be a winner in this thing."

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