AFBF Opposes H.R. 2454

AFBF Opposes H.R. 2454

Stallman calls bill a fool's errand.

The American Farm Bureau Federation is opposed to H.R. 2454, the House-passed climate change bill. AFBF President Bob Stallman told the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Tuesday that the House-passed legislation will have little to no impact on global temperatures. He said, without the adoption of similar actions by other countries, the U.S. will be embarking on a fool's errand.

 

The Farm Bureau leader pointed to unilateral cap-and-trade legislation that will have little or no impact on the climate, because greenhouse gas emissions require a global response. As an example Stallman offered that a ton of greenhouse gases emitted in China is the same as a ton of GHG emitted in Virginia. Regulating emissions in Virginia without regulating emissions in China, Stallman said, will have little or no effect on the environment.

 

Most experts agree that if the House legislation worked exactly as planned, it would not lower temperatures by more than a few tenths of a degree by 2050. AFBF also contends that the bill will raise food prices for consumers unless an offset program is put into place to defray production input costs.

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