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Monday 06/02/14

Farm Groups Need to Dig Deeper Into Climate Plan
Depending on who was offering their perspective, the White House's new Clean Power Plan is either draconian or woefully insufficient. The plan calls for reducing carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants by 30% of 2005 emission levels by 2030. That statement is confusing, isn't it? Like the fight to rein in federal spending, the battle over climate change will be protracted for the next generation of young Americans.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:06PM CDT 06/02/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (2)
Renewable energy will be a boom for rural America and the Farm Bureau needs to go that route instead of their normal negative approach. Solar, wind, biofuels and methane generation from manure are already happening in many rural areas and the new regulations will only speed it up. Ever since the energy shortages of the 1970's we have been needing a real energy independence policy, not only from Mideast oil but from our dependence on a rapidly depleting resource. While this regulation isn't enough it is a start and hopefully in our time we will see real energy independence as well as a cleaner environment, its not an option, its a requirement for human/planet survival. As farmers we need to take advantage of the great position we are in and participate fully in this,,,, you can either growl about your rising energy bill or be selling energy and making money. Its like letting 1000 acres lay fallow and then buying corn instead of planting it. We all have wasted resources everywhere you look.
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 5:41AM CDT 06/03/14
I am not ready to put the U.S. economy at a disadvantage to sooth the egos of Obama voters and other losers. You can go to China or India and tell them to cut their emissions. When and if you get back tell me how that works out.
Posted by GORDON KEYES at 5:50PM CDT 06/03/14
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