Source: TFI, AFBF and NCGA press releases
Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joseph Liberman (I-Conn.) introduced new climate change legislation, which is named the American Power Act, which has garnered criticism from multiple agri-business associations.
The Fertilizer Institute said, "The climate change legislation introduced by Sens. Kerry and Lieberman provides government incentives that will encourage a wide range of utilities to switch to natural gas as an alternative for generating energy, as well as incentives for natural gas vehicles," said TFI President Ford West. "This will undoubtedly increase the demand and price of natural gas for which there is no substitute for in the manufacturing process of nitrogen fertilizers."
Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, said, "As with other climate change bills, we have concerns about the economic impact on farmers and ranchers because of potentially higher fertilizer and energy costs. We do not want to see farmers driven out of business due to additional regulation and the potential for higher input costs. Agriculture also could be forced to shrink due to land moving out of production into trees to sequester carbon. We also believe it is imperative that any energy legislation must assure a greater supply of nuclear energy, renewable fuels and natural gas for American consumers. Further, we note the absence of renewable electricity standards in the bill and will work toward their inclusion in the future."
National Corn Growers Association President Darrin Ihnen said, "The National Corn Growers Association is reviewing the discussion draft of the American Power Act released by Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman. We have provided input to the Senate over the past several months on provisions pertaining to the agriculture industry and we will continue to offer feedback after we have a chance to review the text of this important piece of legislation."
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