WASHINGTON, D.C. – Minnesota’s 7th District Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson laid down a hard line this morning on the developing climate change policy being promoted by the Obama administration.
The chairman of the House Agriculture Committee indicated that he strongly disagreed with the administration’s biofuels analysis and, therefore, likely would oppose a climate-change bill, according to Iowa’s Des Moines Register.
The Register quoted Peterson at a hearing on biofuels policy this morning saying:
“The only way I would consider any kind of climate-change bill is if it was ironclad that these agencies don’t have authority to do any kind of rulemaking whatsoever,” Peterson said.
While legislative discussions on climate change are just beginning to ramp up in Congress, Peterson’s early stand underlines the challenges facing the administration as it attempts to woo lawmakers in general, and Blue Dog and Midwestern Democrats, specifically.