The Farm Bureau (along with John Thune!) says the American Clean Energy and Security Act will hurt U.S. agriculture.
What? Don't like climate change legislation? Try climate change. According to a new report from the Environmental Working Group, the costs of ACESA (and yes, there will be costs) will be far outweighed by the cost of taking no action on climate change. EWG says the Farm Bureau is crying wolf, ignoring the billions of dollars of losses and lower crop yields that unabated climate change can bring. (See, for instance, South Dakota state climatologist Dennis Todey on heavier rains, which could produce more erosion and less available topsoil moisture.)
EWG also notes that the Farm Bureau is hollering about meager production cost increases (ACESA might make soybeans cost 45 cents more per acre) that would be "lost in the background noise" of the usual, much larger fluctuations in farm input costs. Says EWG, "A fertilizer spreader or herbicide sprayer that is out of adjustment would cost farmers more."
The Farm Bureau is trying to take our eyes off the ball, trying to inflate one tiny non-issue into a reason to vote against a comprehensive energy policy that can help every sector of our economy enjoy more stable growth through the 21st century.
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