Farm groups concerned about climate change legislation

The National Corn Growers Association and other leading agricultural organizations have sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer expressing concerns about the cap-and-trade portion of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.

“Your leadership is needed to ensure the final legislation is crafted in a way that maximizes the participation of farmers and ranchers while minimizing the economic burden in the climate change equation,” the letter stated. “From an environmental perspective, maximizing agriculture’s role results in significant carbon benefits to the country and provides a vital component to addressing global warming.”

The letter sent to Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Hoyer also outlined the list of nine key principles for a cap-and-trade system that the agriculture organizations signed on to earlier this spring.

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2009 passed the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee May 22. The legislation will now be taken up by other committees before being sent to the House floor for a vote.

Click here for a copy of the letter.

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