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Renewable Energy Must Play Significant Role in Climate Change Mitigation

21 April 2014

US - The third working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its report on climate change mitigation. The report finds that climate change is occurring at a rapid rate, but mitigation strategies such as scaling up renewable energy production could substantially reduce anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

"The working group's report complements NFU's long-held, member-led policy positions by recognizing the need for a comprehensive renewable energy strategy," said National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson.

"Tripling or even quadrupling the share of zero- and low-carbon energy supply from renewables, as the report recommends, will require significant investments in energy technologies that utilize rural America’s renewable and human resources. These investments would pay off not only by helping to mitigate the effects of climate change but by driving significant rural economic development.”

According to the report, total anthropogenic GHG emissions have continued to increase over 1970 to 2010 in spite of a growing number of climate change mitigation policies.

Total anthropogenic GHG emissions were the highest in human history from 2000 to 2010. Without additional efforts to reduce GHG emissions beyond those in place today, emissions growth is expected to persist, driven by growth in global population and economic activities.

"America’s family farmers and ranchers are concerned about the effects of climate change and stand ready to be part of the solution to our global climate challenges,” said Johnson.

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