SDFU President Applauds Climate Bill in U.S. Senate

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South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke released the following statement after the introduction of the American Power Act Wednesday, May 12, 2010, in the United States Senate.

“The bill is still in its early stages, but the overall structure of the bill looks to be positive for American agriculture,” Sombke said. “Key provisions in the bill will allow for producers to take advantage of carbon offsets that will put money in the pockets of South Dakota farmers and ranchers.”

“All along we’ve been pushing for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to govern the programs, and it looks like this bill will do that. It will also exempt farmers and ranchers from Environmental Protection Agency regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, and that’s a major victory for the agriculture industry. The provisions contained in the bill regarding research, development and production of renewable energy are also a positive step in the right direction,” Sombke said.

“Agricultural producers want to be part of the climate solution. This bill is the first step in that process. A lot of work still needs to be done, but I congratulate Senator Kerry and Senator Lieberman on their legislation and look forward to working with them and the Senate in the future.”

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