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Collin Peterson, House leaders strike a deal on climate change bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Minnesota’s 7th District Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson, who chairs the Agriculture Committee, has reached a deal with other House leaders over the controversial climate change and energy bill.

Peterson had previously voiced objections to the massive legislation, which he said did not take agricultural interests into account.

Among other things, Peterson wanted to see a bigger role for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as opposed to the Environmental Protection Agency, and more offset options for farmers.

House leadership was forced to listen to the recalcitrant representative or risk losing almost 50 votes from rural state lawmakers and, quite probably, failing to pass the bill.

“Well, you guys will be happy to know we have an agreement finally,” Peterson said on Tuesday, according to CongressDaily. “We have something that I think works for agriculture.”

As expected, the deal — struck Tuesday night — favors the farm industry over environmental groups.
It puts the USDA in charge of emissions projects in rural areas and adds language that would limit the inclusion of indirect land use in greenhouse gas emissions calculations.

A revised version of the bill, released on Monday, would also give rural electric cooperatives and other small Midwestern utilities pollution allowances to ease the transition.

Peterson has now said that he will vote for the bill, which Democratic leaders are aiming to bring to the House floor on Friday.

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Glenn Mesaros on 06/25/2009 - 08:34 am.

    Arizona is now close to becoming the first state to outlaw climate change legislation. The state Senate voted Monday, 19-10 to approve a bill banning the Department of Environmental Quality from enacting or enforcing measures with language pertaining to climate change. The bill is now awaiting House approval.

    The bill will likely pass and be signed into law thanks to a switch in power. Formerly, Janet Napolitano (D) was governor of the state, but she left to join Barack Obama’s Cabinet. Napolitano was replaced by Jan Brewer (R), who has not indicated a strong desire to support AGW theorists.

    If Senate Bill 1147 passes it will block rules passed by the DEQ that set harsher emission standards. The proposed increases were hastily pushed through by the former governor, despite complaints from industry leaders. It would also end work on “cap and trade” carbon legislation, which has been opposed by the utility industry. Such a scheme could help to raise power prices for the state’s citizens significantly.

    A passage could also give the state means to challenge the federal government in court over the proposed Waxman-Markey bill, which would put over $1,600 in yearly costs on American citizens to cut carbon emissions. The legislation, which has also received criticism for potentially hurting farmers, is currently making its way through a Democrat controlled House and Senate, awaiting Barack Obama’s approval.

  2. Submitted by david granneman on 06/25/2009 - 11:12 am.

    hello all
    president obama’s energy plan will be a disaster for the united states – the cap and trade carbon tax – this is a tax that will be put on all the food you eat, the products you buy, gas for your car, and the energy to heat your home. worse yet industry and business is the greatest user of energy. this added cost will cause american businesses to be at a disadvantage to countries where energy is cheap and abundant. where do you think all the jobs will go, to a high tax, high energy cost state like minnesota, I THINK NOT. ARE YOU WILLNG TO GIVE UP YOUR JOB AND LIFESTYLE IN THE NAME OF THE GLOBAL WARMING HOAX – I AM NOT.
    wasting money on renewable energy is pouring money down a rat hole. there is no viable energy source that has the remotest possibility of replacing coal and gas power plants in the near or even far future. wind and solar are very expensive and worst yet very unreliable.
    china is inversting heavily in developing their own natural resources. in addition they are working with cuba to develope oil fields in our own gulf of mexico. china is also working with argentina to develope their newly discoverd offshore oil fields. china is working to ensure they have a cheap and abundant supply of oil to allow them to grow and prosper.
    president obama is stopping the developemnet of our own natural resorces and wasting money on windmills and solar cells.
    WHICH COUNTRY DO YOU THINK WILL HAVE A PROSPEROUS FUTUNE ?
    GLOBAL WARMING HOAX IS PERPETUATED BY PEOPLE GETTING RICH WHILE DESTROYING OUR PROSPERITY AND OUR WAY OF LIFE.

  3. Submitted by david granneman on 06/25/2009 - 02:10 pm.

    hello all

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124588837560750781.html
    The Cap and Tax Fiction

    The hit to GDP is the real threat in this bill. The whole point of cap and trade is to hike the price of electricity and gas so that Americans will use less. These higher prices will show up not just in electricity bills or at the gas station but in every manufactured good, from food to cars. Consumers will cut back on spending, which in turn will cut back on production, which results in fewer jobs created or higher unemployment. Some companies will instead move their operations overseas, with the same result.

    A WISE MAN SAID THE END TO DEMOCRACY WILL BE WHEN THE PEOPLE LEARN TO VOTE THEMSELVES MONEY – I THINK WE ARE AT THAT TIME.
    the obama and the democrates plan will solve all our problems.
    IT WILL ONLY COST ALL YOUR MONEY, ALL YOUR PROPERTY, AND YOUR LIBERTY

  4. Submitted by david granneman on 06/25/2009 - 04:30 pm.

    hello all
    if you live in Collin Peterson’s distric and you don’t want to be burdened with the largest tax on the american public in history then i ask you to call him to stop the coming disaster.

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