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NFU Statement on EPA’s Clean Power Plan Proposal

10 June 2014

US - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson has issued a statement on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan proposal to cut carbon pollution 30 per cent by 2030.

“The changing climate has already begun to affect agriculture, and it is clear that weather volatility will only continue to increase in the coming years unless our policymakers proactively address this challenge. I commend the administration for its leadership on climate change mitigation.

“Agriculture stands ready to be an important part of the solution to our climate challenges. I encourage Congress and the administration to engage the agricultural community in reducing carbon pollution by creating voluntary incentives for sequestering carbon and implementing conservation strategies that preserve our limited soil and water resources.

“The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is currently the most important policy we have to address climate change. I hope EPA reinforces today’s announcement by withdrawing its misguided proposal to undermine the RFS, returning the 2014 biofuels target to its statutory levels.

“I also urge EPA to recognise that rural electric cooperatives serve our nation’s farmers and ranchers and are a significant source of rural employment. Co-ops provide power to 42 million Americans and account for 12 per cent of total US electricity sales. Any regulatory action must consider the impact on rural electrics and the communities they serve.”

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