Source: National Association of Wheat Growers
The National Association of Wheat Growers and seven other agricultural groups wrote Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack last week, asking them to ensure that their departments' future analysis of proposals to limit greenhouse gas emissions accurately reflects the provisions of bills Congress is considering.
Previous analysis by EPA and USDA has been done with a model known as FASOM, which has limits widely acknowledged by many in the agriculture community, including USDA's Chief Economist Joe Glauber. Making matters worse, prior studies have generally looked at generic climate change policy, versus specific provisions proposed in Congress.
The groups noted particular concern that climate change policy analysis previously issued did not take into account all of the offset types included in a bill passed by the House last summer or in more recent proposals.